Ted Cruz Trounces GOP Establishment Favorite David Dewhurst In TX Primary

And they told us the tea party was dead…

Ted Cruz campaigned in Houston on Tuesday as Texas voters went to the polls to determine the Republican nominee for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. (NY Times)

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz trounced Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in the Texas primary tonight.
The AP reported:

Tea party darling Ted Cruz trounced the Republican establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Texas’ runoff election Tuesday, winning the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in an outcome that figured to reverberate far beyond the Lone Star State.

The race had been closely watched nationally, seen as one of America’s most-vivid contrasts between the GOP mainstream and the tea party. But as results began to pour in, it turned out to be no contest – with Cruz grabbing early leads in key cities around the state where Dewhurst had once enjoyed stronger name recognition, fundraising and political organization just weeks earlier.

Overseeing the state Senate from the powerful lieutenant governor’s post since 2003, Dewhurst was long considered a slam dunk in his race with Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant and former state solicitor general. Dewhurst had the endorsement of much of Texas’ Republican mainstream, including Gov. Rick Perry, who despite his failed run for president was still widely popular back home. He also had a $200 million personal fortune he could dip into at will and did, loaning his Senate campaign at least $24.5 million.

Here’s the live stream of the election night party at the Cruz headquarters.

UPDATE: Sarah Palin released this statement after the results were announced tonight:

Congratulations to Ted Cruz! This is a victory both for Ted and for the grassroots Tea Party movement. This primary race has always been about the kind of leadership we need in D.C. Our goal is not just about changing the majority in the Senate. It is about the kind of leadership we want. Ted Cruz represents the kind of strong conservative leadership we want in D.C. Go-along to get-along career politicians who hew the path of least resistance are no longer acceptable at a time when our country is drowning in debt and our children’s futures are at stake. The message of this race couldn’t be clearer for the political establishment: the Tea Party is alive and well and we will not settle for business as usual. Now, it’s on to November!

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  • bg

    ++

    8)

    there is a God, and we are the people, Amen..

    ==

  • L.E. Liesner

    We need more of this kind of good news. I doubt we will hear of it in the MSM, but then who the hell cares what the MSM does.

  • bigkahuna

    Let me see.. Was this the person Sarah Palin endorsed ?????? Mark Levin endorsed ??? The TEA Party endorsed ???

    Hmmm that is so weird.

  • Earl E. Teetyme

    But wait! They’re racist, they wouldn’t vote for a Hispanic, unless….Yes, YES, he’s a White Hispanic!!!!!1111!eleventy!

    /sarc

  • bigkahuna

    Sarah Palin giving an awesome response to DICK Cheney’s idiotic answer.

    Hey Cheney….act like you deserved the new heart you jerkoff. She said everybody misfires once in a while. Go shoot somebody DICK.

    I voted for Sarah not the Mistake McCain

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  • Militant conservative

    Pass the popcorn, this is a

    start of a very big wave.

    TEAnami!!!!

  • I

    Slowly we turn, step by step…

  • USMC Thomas

    Guess the MSM was a little premature announcing the death of the TEA Party.

  • Jack

    Tea Party? What Tea Party? Why I thought they were dead! Another warm-up for November and another nail in the coffin for the Grand Old Party establishment.

  • jainphx

    Tea anyone! Where’s the coffee party at?

  • Political prick

    Way to Go Cruz, Get Ready Bamo, you’re NEXT!!!!!!!

  • Multitude

    The Tea Party has consistently backed women, blacks and Hispanics, advancing like no other party or movement the pat is the inner quality, character and values of the individual and not their race, gender, or other meaningless physical attribute so obsessed upon by progressives, that matters.

    We are the real Occupiers.

  • WTFPRESIDENT

    We’re coming for you socialists!!!! Be afraid, be very afraid….your job isn’t safe. We’ve
    been taxed enough already. STOP THE SPENDING

  • Jahnie Hourrah

    Com’n, Mitt. Pay attention.

    Start hitting harder and harder. This race is yours to lose.

  • Ghost

    while the other side continues with their drama queen bad behavior and media favoritism, the reviled majority of decent people goes about the hard and serious work of educating, organizing and reviving the Spirit of ’76- which by 1780, 1880 and 1980 saw the Rise of an Energized America.

    as someone else says, rarely are the famous significant and seldom are the significant famous. it’s only the hard work of good people who effect Real, Positive Change.

    we got into this mess because Good People took a back seat. understandable, because decent people only want to be left alone to pursue prosperity in peace (happiness)
    but every generation must learn the awful truth, “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance”

    so, once again, we have to fight from behind. the victory is not assured but with God’s help and hard work it can be ours (emphasis on the former)

    assuming it’s not too late

  • jainphx

    Multitude====Hammer==== Nail, you got it exactly right. No racism, no gender problems, and yet to the racist left the tea party is the problem.

    Can you say the world is upside down according to the MSM.

  • jainphx

    Too bad Palin’s sense of loyalty, forced her to endorse McCain. What is her batting average to date?

  • Spider

    Great news.

    Congrats to Mr. Cruz, his supporters, Sarah, and most of all – Texas!

  • JoyO

    Let’s pray the RNC and the Republican elites in Texas don’t repeat the behavior of those in Nevada and Delaware. As far as I am concerned, those two races could have produced two more Republican Senators had the Republicans supported those candidates. If they don’t support Cruz in the November election, I’m not sure I will be able to support Republican candidates in the future.

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  • Tim in Cali

    Moose chili,Chick-fil-a, and Two if by Tea are on the menu tonight

    C’mon November..

  • FedUp

    Hello, Sarah Palin! Goodbye, Cheney and Rove!

  • Ron?

    I just hope he doesn’t “evolve” when he gets to D.C.. I’ve just got a funny felling about Cruz. I seen an interview earlier today where he was talking about “working with the other side” in the capital to get things done. I’ll give him the BOTD, but I will be watching him closley.

  • Mad Hatter

    But I thought the Alinsky Media said the Tea Party was dead?

    RINO’s and Donkey’s have no business in politics.

  • molloaggie

    David Dewhurst was not one of the evil, “established” politicians. He’s one of the leaders of the greatest state in the Union. While the Tea Party is GREAT, turning the Lt. Gov into the punching bag for everything that’s wrong in Washington D.C. was not wise in my opinion.

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  • Sal

    To me, Dewhurst and Cruz were neck and neck until Dewhurst started deleting stuff down the memory hole on amnesty, etc. And those ads were a huge detriment to his campaign.
    I appreciate his work as Lt. Gov., but he should have reinned in his staff.
    I think everyone will stand behind Cruz- too much is at stake to cut off their noses to spite their faces.

  • Bu-bu-bu-but wait. The establishment and the mainstream media said the Tea Party was dead. That the grassroots of the right was asleep again.

    So just how many victories is the Tea Party going to have to have since 2010 for the left to stop being in denial? I really like when the left looks stupid.

  • bg
  • MLM411

    Woo hoo!!! And I had the honor of being part of this vote….way to go Cruz!!! So glad he beat out all the TX moderates like Dewhurst and Leppert. Now on to November!!!

  • Redwine

    95% in and Cruz is 13.2 over Dewhurst.
    Hurray for Cruz!!!

    Long Live the Tea Party!!!!!

  • Rachelle

    Good going! Tea Party must clean the Republican party.

  • BS61

    #1 July 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm
    bg commented:
    ++

    there is a God, and we are the people, Amen..

    ==
    #2 July 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    L.E. Liesner commented:
    We need more of this kind of good news. I doubt we will hear of it in the MSM, but then who the hell cares what the MSM does.
    #3 July 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm
    bigkahuna commented:
    Let me see.. Was this the person Sarah Palin endorsed ?????? Mark Levin endorsed ??? The TEA Party endorsed ???

    Hmmm that is so weird.
    #4 July 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    Earl E. Teetyme commented:
    But wait! They’re racist, they wouldn’t vote for a Hispanic, unless….Yes, YES, he’s a White Hispanic!!!!!1111!eleventy!

    /sarc

    Hysterical!

  • Deke

    Texas has a Republican machine, much like the Dem’s have on the East Coast, Cruz’s victory was a step in tearing down that steaming pile of manure!

    We didn’t forget how you did NOTHING to reign in the run-away dems. who were crying about redistricting, you have the most powerful legislative position in Texas and could have forced their hands but you didn’t.

    We didn’t forget how you blocked voter ID and wheeled in the Dem. Senator at the last minute to enforce the blocker bill.

    We didn’t forget how underhanded you were in your manipulation of the House Speaker position, putting in the moderate.

    We didn’t forget your support for illegal immigration, your support of an income tax, business taxes, your support of counties and blocking any type of common sense property tax reform and most of all your outright bullying to deny the people of Texas a voice against the Feds in the anti-groping bill!

    You Mr. Dewhurst are everything wrong with the Republican party and I for one am glad to see you go down in defeat. Believe me when I tell you non Texans the Tea Party is alive and well here. The Machine is scared and were building momentum, just have to keep the pressure on!

  • Jet Jaguar

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    The message of this race couldn’t be clearer for the political establishment: the Tea Party is alive and well and we will not settle for business as usual. Now, it’s on to November!

    It’s kind of a shame, Mrs Palin, that you endorsed Orrin Hatch, the scum sucker that badmouthed the Tea Party and what it stood for…

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  • madbax68

    Molloaggie said. David Dewhurst was not one of the evil, “established” politicians. He’s one of the leaders of the greatest state in the Union. While the Tea Party is GREAT, turning the Lt. Gov into the punching bag for everything that’s wrong in Washington D.C. was not wise in my opinion.

    Dewhurst did enough of that with all his lying and anti-Cruz nonsense.

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    The Republican Senate primary is August 7. Three candidates are in a tight race:

    1) Congressman Todd Akin, the DC establishment candidate
    2) Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, backed by Sarah Palin
    3) Independent Businessman John Brunner running as “The Citizen Senator”

    Recent polls showed Brunner in the lead but the race is quickly tightening.
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mccaskill-trails-all-three-gop-candidates-in-senate-race/article_7dc3f2e4-d84e-11e1-a6e2-001a4bcf6878.html

    The same polls shows McCaskill trailing all three, but she is well within the margin of error with Akin. McCaskill has now has taken sides and is essentially running favorable ads across the state for Akin:
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78737.html

    There is more at stake than a senate seat in this race. With Ted Cruz and Dick Mourdock winning their primaries against REPUBLICAN establishment candidates in Texas and Indiana respectively, the Missouri race COULD determine whether there is a change of Republican leadership in the Senate, irrespective of whether there ends up being a Republican majority. If DC establishment candidate Todd Akin wins, Mitch McConnell will probably retain his seat of power given Akin’s recent propensity to defer recent voting decisions to his House “leader”, John Boehner. Akin seems to enjoy wallowing in the pomp and circumstance of being in Congress and nowhere is it thicker and heavier than in the Senate; so once elected, Akin would likely tend to vote to “preserve the institution”, including the leadership, a la John McCain. On the other hand, if either of the other two win, the majority in the Republican caucus may well swing to the DeMint conservative camp and a new leader other than the stale McConnell could likely emerge.

  • dunce

    I sent him a small check thanks to this site and other conservative champions, every little bit helps. All politics is no longer local with the internet. I have been stuck with voting for McCain or a democrat for years so i welcome being able to help put a good senator in Washington.

  • EinTX

    No, Dewhurst is not some great leader. He is a RINO and has supported tax increases, shamnesty, etc. Dewhurst has always done what is most financially beneficial for Dewhurst. He would have gone to DC and continued Kay Bailout Hutchison’s little run of Dem azz-kissing. Dewhurst thought he was owed that seat. He was angry to the point of being red in the face last night when he gave his concession speech. He is a nasty, small-minded little man. He needs to go.

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  • John

    Let THIS be the classic example of how 11-6-12 will GO

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