State & National Campaign Politics

BY Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance

It was a night of insurgents and upsets. At the top of the ballot, Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general, rode his wave of enthusiasm to victory last night, defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate. The Cruz victory grabbed headlines nationwide as a decisive Tea Party victory in the second most populous state in the country. Cruz will face the winner of the Democratic runoff, Paul Sadler, in November, but in this red state, Cruz is the presumptive favorite.