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Tea Party Upsets Texas Political Establishment

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  1 Comment

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.

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.


Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

One response to Tea Party Upsets Texas Political Establishment

  1. Elizabeth Clark August 3, 2012 at 6:30

    I hope every state elects a tea party person so we can take the senate, and keep the congress, with a few old people replaced by newer tea party persons, We need to dominate both houses in order to get us back to our freedoms

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