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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea-party backed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz are heading to a runoff in the state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Dewhurst was short of the majority needed to earn the nomination outright. The two men will now face a runoff election on July 31 to advance to the November general election in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. A runoff also will decide the Democratic primary.
The race to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has been fierce, with brutal attacks from all sides. Candidates competed to see who could claim to be the true conservative in the race.
The other top candidates included former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former ESPN football analyst Craig James.
Alex wrote recently about how, to some extent, the Dewhurst effort is a test of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s remaining political clout, which took a hit after his messy presidential run this cycle. Dewhurst did come close to avoiding a runoff, but the battle against Cruz, who is viewed warmly by national conservatives, will be a tough one…..
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