Ted Cruz, a Tea Party–backed former state solicitor general, defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a GOP primary runoff for the seat vacated by outgoing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). Cruz, who's never held elective office, upset Dewhurst by a comfortable 56 percent to 44 percent margin, and is heavily favored to beat Democrat Paul Sadler in November. Dewhurst spent $19 million of his own fortune in the race and was backed by the state GOP establishment, including Gov. Rick Perry (R). Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, would be Texas' first Latino U.S. senator.
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