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Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
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Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 06:20 AM

By: PAUL J. WEBER

The first primary in what Republicans hope is a triumphant election year sent a message that U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and the tea party still wield considerable influence in one of the nation's most conservative states.

But to find out exactly how much, Texans will have to wait.

In a primary where an extraordinary number of statewide positions were up for grabs following Gov. Rick Perry's decision not to seek another term, some incumbent candidates successfully fought to beat back tea party challengers Tuesday. But several candidates who forced runoffs in May were either praised by the outspoken freshman senator, Cruz, or who ran with his no-compromising swagger.

"In Texas, we will show the rest of the country what it means to be conservative," said GOP state Sen. Dan Patrick, who forced longtime Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into a runoff, less than two years after Cruz beat Dewhurst in the Senate primary.

The primary was the first since Cruz barreled into the U.S. Senate in 2012 and yanked Republicans nationwide further right, and many watched results within Texas to see how strong his influence would be on the state's next generation of Republican leaders. Amid the Republican contests, however, is Wendy Davis, a rising Democratic star who has energized the state's Democratic base and making a run for the governor's seat in November.

Davis, who catapulted to national political stardom last summer with a nearly 13-hour filibuster over abortion restrictions, vowed to topple two decades of GOP dominance in Texas. Though an underdog, she is the first female gubernatorial nominee in Texas since Ann Richards in 1994.

"I will be for all freedoms. Not just certain freedoms for certain people," Davis told supporters Tuesday night after formally securing the nomination, needling Republicans.

With Perry leaving the governor's mansion after 14 years, albeit mulling a second presidential run, Attorney General Greg Abbott coasted to the GOP nomination for the state's top job.

Warnings about Davis' star-making run for Texas governor dealt complacent conservatives a new reason to vote. So did a rare opportunity to select an entirely new stable of leaders.

Abbott, who only three weeks ago unapologetically campaigned with shock rocker Ted Nugent, never mentioned Davis in becoming the GOP's first new gubernatorial nominee other than Perry since George W. Bush in 1998.

"If you're looking for a way to get ahead, if you're looking for a way to succeed or elevate or advance yourself, then I'm your candidate," Abbott said.

Perry's decision to not seek re-election launched a stampede of 26 Republican candidates vying for six of Texas' top offices. Among them was George P. Bush, the 37-year-old nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who easily won the nomination for land commissioner in his political debut.

Not all tea party upstarts prevailed: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, two of the most powerful Texans in Washington, clobbered their longshot challengers. But others knocked out or were seriously threatening establishment Republicans in the statehouse, which in the past few years has already passed some of the most restrictive voter ID and abortion laws in the country.

Some candidates even started to mimic Cruz's unreserved style.

For Patrick, even some Republicans say he went too far this campaign by bemoaning an "invasion" of immigrants crossing into Texas. Cruz never backed Patrick but did call Sen. Ken Paxton, who's running for attorney general, a fighter against "Obamacare, voter ID and religious liberty." Paxton is now in a runoff.

Although Cruz made few public endorsements, among them was for Republican Konni Burton, who is running for Davis' state Senate seat and has followed Cruz's lead on various social issues.

Texas candidates willingly went along with Cruz and craved his endorsement.

But he was picky: Cornyn didn't even get the support of his fellow Texas senator, though he still routed Congressman Steve Stockman, who ran a bizarre campaign.

"I say they are not going far right enough," said Marlin Robinson, 56, after casting his primary ballot in Houston. "They need to go farther right as far as I'm concerned because I'm tired of this liberal crap that's running this country."

With Abbott and Davis advancing to the November ballot, the showdown is poised to become a record-shattering arm's race of fundraising in a Texas gubernatorial election.

Democrats set on breaking the nation's longest losing streak in races for statewide office, meanwhile, hoped a charismatic headliner in Davis would turn out long-dormant voters.

Her underdog campaign has raised $16 million so far behind a whopping 91,000 individual donors and big checks from abortion-rights groups.

"If people don't start supporting the Democratic Party and voting as a Democrat, instead of being a Democrat voting in the Republican primary, then we're never going to win races and we're never going to establish ourselves as a serious party here," said Janet Veal, 43, a student adviser at Texas Tech University who cast a ballot in Lubbock on Tuesday.

Some Texas GOP candidates pledged to further tighten some of the nation's strictest abortion laws and double down on the state's gay marriage ban — one of several state bans recently ruled unconstitutional by federal courts.

"I think we need to bolster the border security and get tougher on immigration," 38-year-old conservative Republican Glendon Paulk said after voting in Lubbock. "I'm all for people who come over here legally but the illegal immigrants, it doesn't make sense for them to get a break while we're working and having to pay taxes."

Frigid weather greeted some voters with a dangerous drive to the polls. Austin locations opened late because of icy conditions and extended voting for two hours. Turnout was light in many places, with election workers seen knitting or reading a newspaper in between voters' sporadic arrivals.

The last time Texas had so many open statewide seats was 2002, when Perry won his first full term. While Democrats ran mostly unopposed in their primaries, crowded fields in the Republican races also ended in runoffs for attorney general and agriculture commissioner.

Illinois holds the nation's next primary March 18, followed by a flood of state primaries in May and June.


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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 08:37:36 AM »
RACE   NAME      PARTY   EARLY VOTES   PERCENT   TOTAL VOTES   PERCENT
U. S. Senator               
   Curt Cleaver   REP   6,302   0.89%   12,351   0.94%
   Ken Cope   REP   23,718   3.36%   34,006   2.59%
   John Cornyn - Incumbent   REP   436,575   61.95%   778,912   59.44%
   Chris Mapp   REP   12,755   1.81%   23,230   1.77%
   Reid Reasor   REP   10,718   1.52%   20,552   1.56%
   Steve Stockman   REP   120,663   17.12%   250,746   19.13%
   Dwayne Stovall   REP   68,770   9.75%   140,403   10.71%
   Linda Vega   REP   25,188   3.57%   50,063   3.82%

Wanted it to go to a runoff but didn't quite get there.

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 08:50:23 AM »
One  liberal state senator Was taken down last night and another will face a runoff.

RACE   NAME      PARTY   EARLY VOTES   PERCENT   TOTAL VOTES   PERCENT
State Senator, District 2               
   Bob Deuell - Incumbent   REP   11,796   49.07%   23,847   48.49%
   Bob Hall   REP   9,526   39.63%   19,085   38.81%
   Mark Thompson   REP   2,714   11.29%   6,240   12.69%

RACE   NAME      PARTY   EARLY VOTES   PERCENT   TOTAL VOTES   PERCENT
State Senator, District 16               
   John Carona - Incumbent   REP   12,707   49.70%   24,501   49.36%
   Don Huffines   REP   12,859   50.29%   25,136   50.63%

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 09:02:05 AM »
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It was a great night for conservatives in Texas last night – despite what the D.C. media would have you believe. Voters wisely selected many Tea Party candidates across the board. Congratulations to Greg Abbott, we’ll work hard to make sure he is the next Governor of Alaska’s little sister state. We were proud to support Katrina Pierson as well – a bold conservative woman who has overcome bigger challenges in life than election results. Katrina has a bright future ahead, and we know she will continue her fight for conservative values – after all, you don't need a title to make a difference. We need more bold women like Katrina in the GOP. 2014 is just underway, and together we’ll continue to give a leg up to grassroots conservatives, despite the odds, who embrace inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity. We’re just getting started!

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2014, 09:19:41 AM »
So, without starting any food fights....can we all agree that Sinkspur had the correct prognostication regarding the Texas primaries?   
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2014, 09:20:26 AM »
Sarah Palin
It was a great night for conservatives in Texas last night – despite what the D.C. media would have you believe. Voters wisely selected many Tea Party candidates across the board. Congratulations to Greg Abbott, we’ll work hard to make sure he is the next Governor of Alaska’s little sister state. We were proud to support Katrina Pierson as well – a bold conservative woman who has overcome bigger challenges in life than election results. Katrina has a bright future ahead, and we know she will continue her fight for conservative values – after all, you don't need a title to make a difference. We need more bold women like Katrina in the GOP. 2014 is just underway, and together we’ll continue to give a leg up to grassroots conservatives, despite the odds, who embrace inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity. We’re just getting started!

She right!

We cleaned a few RINO's out of the Texas house last night as well!

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2014, 09:25:08 AM »
So, without starting any food fights....can we all agree that Sinkspur had the correct prognostication regarding the Texas primaries?

YOU can agree with whatever you wish!

I see things differently and always will!

I never predicted the Cornyn wouldn't win but hoped against hope that there would be enough ABC (anybody but Cornyn) votes to force a runoff. There weren't and that is unfortunate!

Cornyn won over a bunch of people no one had ever heard of and who had no money. He's lucky as HELL and you can bet that HE knows that!

When and if Sink decides to stop perpetuating the LIE that the republicans shut down the government I might consider taking him off ignore again! Until then it ain't gonna happen!

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2014, 09:52:20 AM »
YOU can agree with whatever you wish!

I see things differently and always will!

I never predicted the Cornyn wouldn't win but hoped against hope that there would be enough ABC (anybody but Cornyn) votes to force a runoff. There weren't and that is unfortunate!

Cornyn won over a bunch of people no one had ever heard of and who had no money. He's lucky as HELL and you can bet that HE knows that!

When and if Sink decides to stop perpetuating the LIE that the republicans shut down the government I might consider taking him off ignore again! Until then it ain't gonna happen!

Interesting that the only major Tea Party-backed candidate for statewide office only pulled a runoff.  Dewhurst is probably finished in Texas politics and that's likely good; he's been around as long as Perry.

Cornyn killed the competition and the outcome would have been the same no matter who or how many ran against him.  Texas doesn't want to be embarrassed in the US Senate anymore than we've already been embarrassed.

The only Palin-backed candidate-Katrina Pearson-got stomped, as we all knew she would.

The focus now is on soundly defeating Wendy Davis and her affirmative-action running mate, Letticia van de Pooty.
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2014, 11:08:59 AM »
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Last night, voters in Texas demonstrated that they want principled conservatives in office. Tea Party activists, Republican women, libertarians, and young people all rallied around insurgent candidates campaigning to listen to the people and get serious about free-market principles and the Constitution. In race after race, the power of the grassroots was overwhelmingly apparent.

Congratulations to every Republican who won the primary last night. Three, in particular, deserve special mention.

Greg Abbott, a close friend and mentor, won a landslide victory in the primary for governor. He's strong, principled, and courageous. For five and a half years, it was an honor to work side-by-side with Abbott. He will make an outstanding governor.

John Cornyn, our senior senator, won his primary as well. John is a friend, and a good man. He's earned considerable respect in the Senate. We have not agreed on everything, but we have agreed on the vast majority of issues. Together, we're a strong and effective team for Texas.

George P. Bush convincingly won his primary for for Land Commissioner. George was one of my very first supporters in our Senate race, and he and his wife Mandi are long-time friends. He's smart, generous, and has a heart for service. George embodies a new generation of leaders for the Republican Party and for Texas.

Congratulations to all three. I'm proud to endorse all three and urge everyone to support the Republican nominees up and down the ballot come November.

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2014, 11:24:00 AM »
So, without starting any food fights....can we all agree that Sinkspur had the correct prognostication regarding the Texas primaries?

Oh, absolutely!  Congratulations to Texas's ruling class, and to Sinky and his bromance groupies here for making that difficult prediction.   :beer:

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2014, 11:30:22 AM »
Oh, absolutely!  Congratulations to Texas's ruling class, and to Sinky and his bromance groupies here for making that difficult prediction.   :beer:

Why, thank you, Lipstick!   :tongue2:
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2014, 01:00:20 PM »
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It was a great night for conservatives in Texas last night – despite what the D.C. media would have you believe. Voters wisely selected many Tea Party candidates across the board. Congratulations to Greg Abbott, we’ll work hard to make sure he is the next Governor of Alaska’s little sister state. We were proud to support Katrina Pierson as well – a bold conservative woman who has overcome bigger challenges in life than election results. Katrina has a bright future ahead, and we know she will continue her fight for conservative values – after all, you don't need a title to make a difference. We need more bold women like Katrina in the GOP. 2014 is just underway, and together we’ll continue to give a leg up to grassroots conservatives, despite the odds, who embrace inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity. We’re just getting started!


DC media, hell according to TBR last night was a GREAT night for liberal Republicans.. as soon as I saw Dewhurst defeated I knew that wasn't the truth.
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2014, 01:07:20 PM »

DC media, hell according to TBR last night was a GREAT night for liberal Republicans.. as soon as I saw Dewhurst defeated I knew that wasn't the truth.

The truth is that Texas weeded a bunch of RINOS out of the legislature last night and that is a GOOD thing!

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2014, 01:07:52 PM »
Interesting that the only major Tea Party-backed candidate for statewide office only pulled a runoff.  Dewhurst is probably finished in Texas politics and that's likely good; he's been around as long as Perry.



Yet you wanted him to be a senator representing Texas... over another conservative who soundly defeated him...
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2014, 01:10:17 PM »
The truth is that Texas weeded a bunch of RINOS out of the legislature last night and that is a GOOD thing!


I know, but the usual suspects only look at the surface and proclaim it to be what they want it to be... all the rebuilding GOP has to start with the legislature's in the country.
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2014, 01:55:50 PM »
The truth is that Texas weeded a bunch of RINOS out of the legislature last night and that is a GOOD thing!

Looks like 4 of the 5 candidates supported by Ted Cruz are moving forward!!   :patriot:

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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2014, 02:25:27 PM »
http://www.empowertexans.com/features/conservatives-win-big/#results



Bigun... didn't you get the message... the results last night "prove" the tea party and conservatism is dead... I read it right here.... / s
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2014, 02:40:48 PM »

Congratulations to every Republican who won the primary last night. Three, in particular, deserve special mention.

Greg Abbott,
John Cornyn,
George P. Bush



Meh. I specifically voted hoping that two out of the three (Cornyn & Bush)would be defeated. Cornyn is a weasel RINO who should have been outed years ago when he displayed his true colors and voted for TARP. Bush....well, that's just political dynasty and name recognition there.

And Abbott? I'm on the fence about him. I've followed his campaign on FaceBook; he seems to think on the national stage too much. Abbott needs to stick to state politics.
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2014, 02:41:28 PM »
She right!

We cleaned a few RINO's out of the Texas house last night as well!
We missed a big one (Cornyn).
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2014, 03:54:57 PM »
We missed a big one (Cornyn).

Texas seems to be suffering the same affliction as the other 49 states - decent candidates are afraid to go up against sitting senators and the sitting senators don't seem to know when it is time to get off the stage,.
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2014, 04:06:37 PM »
Texas seems to be suffering the same affliction as the other 49 states - decent candidates are afraid to go up against sitting senators and the sitting senators don't seem to know when it is time to get off the stage,.

That isn't the problem! We had some very decent candidates running against Cornyn but it takes MONEY to beat a sitting U.S. Senator and the big money donors, who own the John Cornyn's of the world, will see that HE gets whatever he needs while the little guys get none!

That is why I very rarely vote for the guy with the most money in any primary race! There is a reason that guy has all the money!

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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2014, 04:06:55 PM »

Yet you wanted him to be a senator representing Texas... over another conservative who soundly defeated him...

Yes I did.  And I'd vote for Dewhurst AGAIN over Ted Cruz.
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2014, 04:08:19 PM »
That isn't the problem! We had some very decent candidates running against Cornyn but it takes MONEY to beat a sitting U.S. Senator and the big money donors, who own the John Cornyn's of the world, will see that HE gets whatever he needs while the little guys get none!

That is why I very rarely vote for the guy with the most money in any primary race! There is a reason that guy has all the money!

Just like McCain here in Arizona, very little of a senators money for his campaigns comes from intra-state, most comes from K-Street......... doncha just LOVE that 17th Amendment.
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Re: Texas Primary Proves Cruz, Tea Party Still Hold Sway
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2014, 04:08:25 PM »

Bigun... didn't you get the message... the results last night "prove" the tea party and conservatism is dead... I read it right here.... / s

Except you didn't read it "right here."  You made it up.
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