I am backing Ted Cruz, not out of a dislike of David Dewhurst but because Cruz is the type of star in the making we need, someone who can articulate a vision and stand up to both Democrats (I have no doubt Dewhurst can do that too) and Republicans (and therein lies the difference).

A relatively safe (I said relatively, not absolutely) seat is just the place to go for the big ideological win.

The New York Times ran a somewhat favorable article about Cruz today (but don’t hold that against him):

Whether Mr. Cruz, the former Texas solicitor general, is recalling the time he argued that a state should not have to follow an order from an international body or the brief he wrote in defense of a Ten Commandments monument on public property, Mr. Cruz’s work before the nation’s highest court during five-plus years as solicitor general has served as the cornerstone of a somewhat unorthodox campaign.

Mr. Cruz worked on so many high-profile cases because he and his former boss, Attorney General Greg Abbott, set out to engage in politically charged issues.

“We ended up year after year arguing some of the biggest cases in the country,” Mr. Cruz said. “There was a degree of serendipity in that, but there was also a concerted effort to seek out and lead conservative fights.”

Mr. Cruz, who has never held elective office, has argued before the Supreme Court nine times, more than any practicing lawyer in Texas or any current member of Congress.

The polling has been all over the place with each campaign releasing internal polls showing the candidate in the lead.  PPP is the only public poll to be released recently, and that showed Cruz up by 5 — but that was 10 days ago.  Runoff elections can be much harder to poll because turnout can vary so widely.

Voter turnout will be critical.  Early voting starts tomorrow and runs though Friday.  The runoff election is Tuesday, July 31..

If you support Cruz, there’s no excuse for not finding time in the next 8 days to vote.

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