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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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    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.

    GrumpyOne | July 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    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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