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Tea party’s Cruz looks poised for Texas triumph
Politico ^ | 29 Jul 2012 | DAVID CATANESE

Posted on 07/29/2012 6:27:57 PM PDT by mandaladon

HOUSTON — Ted Cruz is on the cusp of a win in the Texas Republican Senate runoff that would shatter conventional campaign wisdom and elevate him as one of the brightest stars of the tea party generation.

Even some of his aides concede privately they never thought it could happen.

Yet in the closing days of this dead-of-summer contest in a sprawling superstate, Cruz’s flinty campaign had all the trappings of a celebration, with the 41-year-old constitutional lawyer being feted by the country’s most prominent conservatives, including Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Sens. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul.

“We’re on the 2-yard line. We have marched the entire length of the field. We started out up in the hot dog stands,” Cruz joked Friday evening in a suburban park where hundreds flocked to see Palin. “But we are facing a battle to push it those final two yards. Do the grass roots matter? This race is the test for that proposition.”

Despite being outspent more than 3-to-1, having never run for office and being tasked with penetrating the Lone Star State’s 20 media markets with virtually zero name recognition, Cruz is well positioned to upset Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Tuesday. It’s a scenario that would send shockwaves through the political elite and embolden the thousands of conservatives from across the country who have descended here to help push him over the finish line.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; elections; gopprimary; teaparty; tedcruz; tx2012
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosIt’s one thing for a tea party candidate to swipe away an individual House seat or dominate a party convention in a small state, but a statewide win in supersize Texas would be a new high-water mark..................But I thought the Tea Party was dead.


1 posted on 07/29/2012 6:28:08 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

I think the mudslinging by Dewcrist helped Ted Cruz a lot.


2 posted on 07/29/2012 6:32:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: mandaladon

I’m praying.

Wish I could vote for him.


3 posted on 07/29/2012 6:33:33 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: mandaladon

Go Cruz! I hope he pulls it off. Send the GOP-e a message.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 6:33:55 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: mandaladon
Look, when Dick Lugar got punked in the Indiana senate primary, everyone should have been on notice that the Tea Party is on the march.

A Cruz victory would be another bit of evidence showing that sometimes the grass-roots can beat the Establishment.

And I believe that Mitt Romney could never have defeated a Tea Party insurgency had the Tea Party been able to unite behind a single candidate.

5 posted on 07/29/2012 6:34:20 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: mandaladon

If the votes of my clan matter Ted Cruz will win!

I see few Dewhurst signs and MANY Cruz signs if that is an indicator of anything.


6 posted on 07/29/2012 6:36:42 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Gabrial
“[Cruz] had no chance under the old rules, but he has every chance to win under the new political reality where the American people are in charge,” DeMint told the faithful Friday. “Washington no longer controls things.”...................Amen to that!
7 posted on 07/29/2012 6:37:17 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: GeronL
In case Dewhurst gets sent back to Austin (which I expect):

Give Dewhurst the Boot in 2014 (((Ping))) List

To be added or removed from this list, freepmail me.
This is a low volume ping list at this time.

I want him OUT of Texas politics.

/johnny

8 posted on 07/29/2012 6:39:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: All

Our family will be voing for Cruz on Tuesday....


9 posted on 07/29/2012 6:41:11 PM PDT by betsyross60
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To: onyx

Well, I voted for him last week, during early voting. And, I got eleven other folks, who generally weren’t even going to bother going to the polls, to vote for Cruz too. The Palin endorsement was a big selling point. Like a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” Cruz better live up to it.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 6:51:31 PM PDT by greene66
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To: greene66

Palin? I thought Palin was supposed to be a big mistake. Didn’t somebody once-famous as a “conservative” say that just recently?


11 posted on 07/29/2012 6:55:55 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: mandaladon

Up America.


12 posted on 07/29/2012 6:56:37 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: betsyross60
Our family will be voting for Cruz on Tuesday....

Let's just call it Cruzday.

13 posted on 07/29/2012 6:59:26 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: mandaladon
Love it! The voters in this household have all voted for Cruz!! We're sick and tired of Dewhurt's attack ads...he needs to be reported to Attaaaackkk Waattttch.com!

Went on a trip to east Texas this weekend and saw LOTS of Cruz signs on properties, cars, etc!!

Go Cruz!!


14 posted on 07/29/2012 7:09:16 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Jane Long

Don’t think for one second that Palin’s courage and popularity doesn’t give conservatives the cover they need to stand against the establishment. When the book is written years from now it will be obvious to all that Palin was a force of nature that ultimately could not be ignored by the RINO weasels that infect the Republican Party. Not letting her in the tent in Tampa is impossible, and they know it. If she picks up her marbles and walks the Republicans will lose.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 7:17:07 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can still go to hell.)
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To: greene66
"Well, I voted for him last week, during early voting. And, I got eleven other folks, who generally weren’t even going to bother going to the polls, to vote for Cruz too."

Thanks very much for your support and outstanding effort to GOTV for Ted Cruz!

In my long history of voting in every election, I've rarely been so confident that we made the right choice of candidate this time. Cruz is best for Texas and the U.S. Senate.

I expect Ted Cruz will be a reliable, conservative ally standing with Senator DeMint (R-SC), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to reduce the power and scope of federal government.

16 posted on 07/29/2012 7:30:02 PM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: mandaladon
including Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Sens. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul.

FreedomWorks and Glenn Beck are not mentioned, why?

17 posted on 07/29/2012 7:31:07 PM PDT by itsahoot (Old people cost too much money. They make lots of typos too.)
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To: Gabrial

Voted for Dewhurst first time. Voted for Cruz in run off! Dewhurst made a run to my. Ity this weekend but we all vote early in my neck of the woods. Dewhurst negative ads have driven people crazy!


18 posted on 07/29/2012 7:42:46 PM PDT by JFC
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To: mandaladon

The two most recent public polls have shown Cruz ahead. And a Dewhurst ally with knowledge of an internal survey separate from the campaigns told POLITICO his preferred candidate was trailing by high single digits heading into the weekend.

“I think [Dewhurst’s] done,” said the Republican who shared the information in exchange for anonymity. “It’s Nebraska, Indiana. You just smell it. He’s toast.”


19 posted on 07/29/2012 7:47:00 PM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com -- OpenCarry.org)
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To: JFC

I also voted for Cruz in early voting.


20 posted on 07/29/2012 7:50:07 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: mandaladon

Tea Party in Texas is not dead, just not following many of the “self claimers of leadership” and we are back to silent majority. Tuesday should be a great morale booster.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 8:00:27 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: onyx

I voted for you!


22 posted on 07/29/2012 8:06:04 PM PDT by matthew fuller (I will be voting for the real American for President.)
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To: GeronL
I think the mudslinging by Dewcrist helped Ted Cruz a lot.

Absolutely. That's the main thing that turned me off about him.

23 posted on 07/29/2012 8:09:05 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: greene66

WOO-HOO!
You betcha, he’d best live up to her endorsement and Jim DeMint’s as well!


24 posted on 07/29/2012 8:53:25 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: matthew fuller
I voted for you!

LOL. You didn't!

25 posted on 07/29/2012 8:54:23 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Sarajevo

This will tell you a lot about David.

http://www.clearlaketeaparty.com/resources/blog/85-the-truth-about-the-82nd-texas-legislature


26 posted on 07/29/2012 9:03:48 PM PDT by Quanah
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To: Lysandru

I hope we have learned to unite next time and not get played, by the divide-and-conquer scenario again. There has to be a point found in a primary at which we agree to survive together and not be hanged separately, one at a time, until we have a socialist running a Republican ticket. Very disturbing that the GOPE remained mute and hid their wallets until the impoverished conservative contenders were bled out and finally slandered out of the race, so the four year collector of big money could float to the top. Sickening really.


27 posted on 07/29/2012 9:03:57 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Lysandru

Amen to all that, FRiend!


28 posted on 07/29/2012 9:13:40 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: madprof98
Palin? I thought Palin was supposed to be a big mistake. Didn’t somebody once-famous as a “conservative” say that just recently?

If William Bennet said that, he needs to hang it up. If McCain said that, I would expect no better. He shoulda been given the boot, too.

29 posted on 07/29/2012 9:16:39 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: King_Corey

If I were a Dewherst ally and believed those things, I’d keep my mouth shut until all the votes were counted. Even then, I wouldn’t say such a thing in that way.

Why do supposedly savvy people just blab like that?


30 posted on 07/29/2012 9:20:47 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Gabrial

I hate when our guy is ahead.... Too many think that a reson not to got. You know, the ‘he’s got it’ mentality.

Vote!


31 posted on 07/29/2012 10:04:46 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Bshaw

I hate when our guy is ahead.... Too many think that a reason not to vote. You know, the ‘he’s got it’ mentality.

Vote!

Good grief, could not stand my typos!


32 posted on 07/29/2012 10:08:47 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: onyx
Wish I could vote for him.

I'll dedicate my vote for Cruz on Tuesday to you :-)

33 posted on 07/29/2012 10:32:47 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mandaladon

I certainly will NOT vote for Cruz on Tuesday.

Because I voted for him last week.


34 posted on 07/29/2012 10:39:13 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: onyx

I voted for Cruz early, just once, though.


35 posted on 07/29/2012 11:20:51 PM PDT by matthew fuller (I will be voting for the real American for President.)
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To: onyx
Wish I could vote for him.

Glad I can. he's one of the few bright spots from a conservative point of view this year for me. Otherwise, I'd be mightily tempted to sit the election out for the first time in my adult life.

36 posted on 07/30/2012 5:53:57 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Unmarked Package

Senator DeMint (R-SC), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)”

They were all in Texas in teh final days to campaign for Cruz. This was a great team effort by Conservative Republicans and we are goign to see victory on Tuesday!!!


37 posted on 07/30/2012 6:28:03 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Windflier

Thank you very much, my sweet!


38 posted on 07/30/2012 9:57:43 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: matthew fuller

^5


39 posted on 07/30/2012 9:58:46 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: zeugma

God bless you! I’m so happy he’s getting your vote!


40 posted on 07/30/2012 10:04:27 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Quanah

Thanks for the link. It’s very....telling.


41 posted on 07/30/2012 1:47:34 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: mandaladon; mickie
Rush was salivating today over a possible Cruz victory. He gave him a big play.

Don't think El Rushbo didn't stir up a lot more votes for the candidate with his plug.

Leni

42 posted on 07/30/2012 1:51:14 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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