World — Tea Party-backed Ted Cruz upset the Texas political establishment Tuesday night with a convincing win over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Texas GOP’s primary runoff for an open U.S. Senate seat.
The Texas-style showdown between Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general, and Dewhurst had been hotly contested all summer. Dewhurst won the initial primary in May but failed to secure enough votes in the initial nine-candidate primary field to avoid a runoff with second place finisher Cruz. Cruz took advantage.
“Tonight is a victory for the grassroots,” Cruz said Tuesday night at his victory rally. “This is how elections are supposed to be decided, by we the people.”
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Cruz led Dewhurst with a stunning 56.8 percent of the vote to Dewhurst’s 43.2 percent. The win marks a dramatic turnaround for Cruz, who had been heavily outspent by Dewhurst. As of this month, Cruz has raised $9 million compared to the more than $24.5 million raised by Dewhurst.