GOP Senate race is focus of Texas primary




Posted on May 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 8:11 AM

Tuesday is primary Election Day in Texas. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One of the biggest races pits four Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The latest numbers from Public Policy Polling show Lt. Gov. David Dewhust in the lead with 46 percent support, followed by former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz with 29 percent; former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert with 15 percent; and former ESPN analyst Craig James at 3 percent.

Ted Cruz was campaigning across the state on Memorial Day; his first stop Monday morning was in Richardson, where he made calls to voters from a Tea Party bus.

Cruz said he's confident he can force front-runner David Dewhurst into a runoff, calling him a "moderate" and part of "the establishment."

"This is a single-digit race right now; it's a two-man fight with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst," Cruz said. "Every day his numbers are going down. Every day our numbers are going up."

Cruz spent Monday afternoon making more calls near Waco. He was scheduled to end up in Houston Monday evening, where he planned to campaign on Election Day.

David Dewhurst observed Memorial Day in Houston. He said he is the only U.S. Senate candidate who served in the military, and that gives him a different perspective when it comes to issues like military spending.

Dewhurst said he's confident he will be the winner on Tuesday — even if the race comes down to a runoff.

"At the end of the day, as long as you're the top vote-getter — even it it comes to a runoff — that's all I'm focused on," he said.

KVUE News and will have complete election coverage that starts when the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and we'll have a comprehensive wrap-up at KVUE News at 10pm.

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