Expect the National Media like Fox News to blather on and on about how Texas concludes the nominating process for Mitt Romney, but completely ignore the much more nationally significant race for US Senator.
Kay Bailey Hutchison is retiring, making her seat an open seat and one that Republicans could (in theory) lose. No matter who wins as President, each US Senate seat will be critical in the balance of power following the election. Keep in mind how massively Dick Lugar lost in Indiana putting a “Safe” Republican seat at risk in November and how Deb Fisher in Nebraska came out of nowhere to win – you can’t assume that just because a candidate has a huge lead in a poll that he is sure to win on election day.
So who is competing today in the US Senate primary in Texas? There are 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats on the ballot.
The “Establishment Republican” is Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst – he has a big lead over Ted Cruz, the state’s first Latino Solicitor General (that’s the lawyer who represents the government in court cases). Dewhurst has the backing of Mike Huckabee and the anti-abortion folks, and supportive news stories from CNN and NPR – which did no good at all for Dick Lugar in Indiana.
The only story that I can find from Fox news
Ted Cruz is backed by the Dick Armey Freedomworks, Rick Santorum, Jim DeMine and the Koch brothers backed Club for Growth.
The Fox news story contains this little tidbit which might fly over people’s heads who are younger than about 60 years old – “Cruz’s father fought against Cuba’s Batista regime in the late 1950s”.
Batista was the President of Cuba from 1940-1944 during World War II, and then led a coup in 1952 with backing from US organized crime and businessmen – and ran the country as dictator until 1959, when a fellow named Fidel Castro took over Cuba. The information from his campaign apparently says his dad was imprisoned by Batista and fled to Canada in 1957, where Ted Cruz was born. It would be interesting to hear if his father supported Fidel Castro.
Ted Cruz organized the case for District of Columbia vs Heller which decided that the Second Amendment really is about people owning guns, not militias. He also was a law clerk for William Rehnquist.
Craig James is the Conservative candidate – he is a former NFL player, sports announcer and real estate developer.
If the winner doesn’t get 50%, then there will be another runoff election on July 31st.
On the Democratic side, the media are completely ignoring the story, dismissing the chance that any Democrat could ever be elected from Texas. The Democrats running with any chance are former state Rep. Paul Sadler and Sean Hubbard.
Paul Sadler is 57 years old and a “Traditional Democrat” endorsed by the Houston Chronicle
Sadler was a long serving Texas House member who left after his son was injured in a serious car accident. Sadler is a friend and long time political associate of George W Bush, working together on Texas issues. He is pro-Energy and pro-defense.
Compared to Sadler, Sean Hubbard is a child. He was an Obama supporter and organizer in 2008. He’s only 31 years old, has never held any political office, but apparently came across very well on the TV debate. (You have to be 30 years old to be a US Senator)
Texas is the only primary today – next week is when a number of states hold their primaries.