Ted Cruz Wins Texas GOP U.S. Senate Runoff

Congratulations Mr. Cruz. The Houston Chronicle's Peggy Fikac and Joe Holley have more:

Insurgent conservative Ted Cruz rolled over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a triumph of tea party power over the Texas establishment.

"Tonight is a victory for the grass roots. It is a testament to Republican women, to tea party leaders and to grass-roots conservatives," Cruz told a cheering crowd at his packed Marriott ballroom victory party in Houston. "This is how elections are supposed to be decided: by we, the people."

Dewhurst called Cruz to concede and, Cruz said, offered his support for the general election.

On the Democratic side, former lawmaker Paul Sadler beat retired educator Grady Yarbroughfor the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was not seeking re-election.

The GOP runoff, however, is expected to be decisive because Texas has not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

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published this page in In The News 2012-08-01 01:32:14 -0400
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