Cruz Wins Texas GOP Senate Bid

    Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, center, greets supporters at a voting precinct Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Houston. Cruz faces Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff election for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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    As the contrasts between the GOP establishment and grassroots activist groups continue to widen, Tuesday’s Republican runoff in Texas for a U.S. Senate seat was one of the most closely watched races in the nation. Buoyed by strong support from the Tea Party, charismatic former state solicitor Ted Cruz handily defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the race. Cruz, whose father emigrated to the United States from Cuba, now goes into November’s election as the heavy favorite against Democratic nominee Paul Sadler.

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