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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  1. ++

    8)

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

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

    Hmmm that is so weird.

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

    /sarc

  5. 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

  6. Pass the popcorn, this is a

    start of a very big wave.

    TEAnami!!!!

  7. Slowly we turn, step by step…

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

  9. 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.

  10. Tea anyone! Where’s the coffee party at?

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Com’n, Mitt. Pay attention.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

  18. Great news.

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

  19. 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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