Texas GOP Primary Results Are In...
The primary results are in and it appears that David Dewhurst will finish with less than 50%. He needed a majority to avoid a July 31 run-off. Ted Cruz pulled in second, behind by double digits. I have real doubts that he can defeat Dewhurst in the run-off. Cruz has the Tea Party vote and the confidence of national conservative cognoscenti; Dewhurst has the vote of every one else. And most important of all: he has more money than Cruz.
Ted Cruz is such a superior candidate, on paper and on principle, but the Lieutenant Governor is the true state executive. I've read rumors that Dewhurst is squeezing legislators--even the governor--threatening to block their projects and grants if they don't support him in this race. I believe it. Dewhurst has run a nasty campaign: insinuating that Cruz' father was a Castro-sympathizer (you're to believe that Cruz is a commie at heart), then attacking him for being an inside-the-beltway lawyer (and a Supreme Court clerk to CJ Rehnquist and a Supreme Court advocate).
I would hope that most Texans would do their homework on the two men and not be persuaded by political marketing sludge. But let's get real folks. This isn't Socrates' Athens or Calvin's Geneva. Most Texans will simply check the most familiar name paired with an R, and that means we'll have David Dewhurst representing our state in the United States Senate.