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Ted Cruz tops Dewhurst in Republican Runoff for Senate in PPP poll

Ted Cruz tops Dewhurst in Republican Runoff for Senate in PPP poll

New polling data released today by independent Public Policy Polling shows Ted Cruz leading Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican runoff for Senate in Texas. The numbers are the first released by a third-party pollster:

Cruz’s lead expands to a whooping 59-36 margin over Dewhurst among voters who describe themselves as “very excited” about voting in the election. The lower turnout is, the better Cruz’s chances will be. Dewhurst leads 51-43 with ‘somewhat excited’ voters and 50-36 with those who say they are ‘not that excited.’ The big question is whether those less enthused folks will actually bother to turn out or not.

I spoke with Toby Marie Walker, a Tea Party activist from Waco, Texas, about the news.

“It’s a win for the Tea Party, and we needed this win. If Ted Cruz does not win this election, the media will say the Tea Party is dead,” said Walker. “We knew we could do it, now we’re going to do it. It’s within reach now. The voters in this runoff are a lot more savvy, they’re paying attention. People are tired of ugly, tired of attacks. They just want someone to fight for this country.”

Last month at the Republican party convention in Texas, Cruz’s showing there shocked the Texas Republican establishment, according to Walker.

“It was a sea of Ted Cruz. I really don’t think they realized how much energy and passion there was in the grassroots.”

David Dewhurst, whose team includes many former Rick Perry campaign staff, is viewed as the “establishment” candidate in the race, while the Tea Parties have largely coalesced behind Cruz. Governor Perry has recently raised the ire of some Texas Tea Partiers by telling the Tea Party Express to stay out of the race.

Walker: “People want someone to go to DC to fight the establishment and the entrenched–someone to fight, not compromise. Cruz is not someone to back down from a fight, and he knows how to win one.”

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Dewhurst also tried to scrub his website of an inconvenient speech on work permits for illegals – http://po.st/yA64JY – but the internet never forgets.

Dewhurts has ALSO bought a massive media campaign that features an execrable pack of lies about “CHINESE” ties that Cruz has.

This tends to piss off Conservatives. I am one.

Will add him to my donations list. I think I’ve donated to him in the past, but payday’s coming up soon, so….

Juba Doobai! | July 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Cruz has the Palin seal of approval and Dewhurst doesn’t. Big difference. Somebody needs to tell Sununu that that seal carries great weight.

Charles Curran | July 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I guess this proves me wrong, and Rick Perry is an ‘Ass Hole’.

theduchessofkitty | July 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

So, when is the runoff election? I intend to vote on it.

The Run-off is July 31st, early voting begins July 23rd.

Henry Hawkins | July 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Cruz to victory.

WAAAAYYY out in the Far West of Texas where I am, we’re starting to hear ads running by 3rd parties trying to encourage voters to vote for Ted Cruz.

Largely it’s reminding the voters that Dewhurst supported a wage tax and a state-wide property tax, and that Dewhurst shunned the Conservatives in favor of the “go-along-to-get-along” Republicans in the Texas Legislature.

Right now, Cruz has the momentum. I just hope it hasn’t peaked too early.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Chuck Skinner. | July 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Where you at, Chuck? I grew up in the Permian Basin out in the oil patch. Still a Big Bend desert rat, every time I can stretch I-10 that far. Take a dip in the pool at Bhalmorea and head south!

Karen Sacandy | July 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Isn’t this funny????? Rick Santorum has endorsed and been pushing Cruz. Funny what the good professor doesn’t know….

Rick Santorum is a good man, and anyone who can’t appreciate a good man because he’s not your preferred candidate, what a misalignment of values…..

[…] Cruz is headed for first place in the Texas Republican Senate runoff.  Even given this news, this is absolutely, positively not […]

Just spewed out a mouthful of hot beverage considering the thought of Rick Perry “telling” the Tea Party Express to stay out of the race. ROFL so hard I bumped my head. Stop it! You guys! That’s so funny!

They’re Texans. One doesn’t tell a Texan anything. If something needs saying, they tell you.

Mark Levin has been pushing Ted Cruz from a long way back. Cruz was on Levin’s show just before the primary vote and said “If it goes to a run-off we will win”. Full stop.

Looks like that absolute confidence was warranted.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | July 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Exactly, and we the Reagan Tea Party Conservative coalition will fight to make Ted Cruz not only the Texas US Senate Republican Nominee then Texas US Senator, but he will be a real voice of real People, and not just of Texas, but of, and for all patriotic Constitutional Conservative American people in America, against the entrenched liberal progressive political establishment Status Quo of big govt, massive debt accumulation spending and borrowing, and the continued compromising appeasing and giving away of our US Constitutional Rights, Freedoms, and Liberties to these anti-American liberal progressives from both sides of the political aisle.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | July 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Dewhurst on the other hand, is a puppet of the GOP Party establishment, and will do his Party’s apparatus bidding, the same as Boehner, Cantor, McConnell do day in and day out, to maintain their status quo grip on power and their elitist privileged lifestyle, instead of standing up for the American People, the US Constitution, and America before their own political party priority self-interests..

Ted Cruz is a REAL American Patriot. We are doing everything we can to help him get him elected. We need someone like him who has a ‘fire in his belly’ and who knows that American is our last chance for being free. His Father, Raphael, has taught him that from the time he was a youngster. Raphael immigrated here from Cuba and knows what it is like to live in a country that is not free…HE had a place to go…we must protect this freedom. Ted will do that.
We are calling all of our Texas contacts and asking them to vote for Ted and asking each of them to call their friends. AND we must donate…Dewhurst has so much money tht he thinks he can BUY this election. Let’s show him he CANNOT.

The Dewhurst campaign is simply old school… Boring and uninspiring.

Cruz can count on my vote in a couple of weeks. The whole Texas establishment needs to go the way of the dodo bird and that includes Perry.

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