Dewhurst, Cruz Make Late Loans to Senate Campaigns

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two key Republican contenders for a U.S. Senate seat have used their own money to boost their campaigns in the final days before the Texas primary.

Federal election records show Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lent his campaign nearly $1.2 million the day early voting began on May 14.

Four days later, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz lent $400,000 to his campaign - after contributing just $70,000 in personal funds previously.

Dewhurst's latest cash infusion means he's spent about $9.2 million from his own pocket.

Other GOP hopefuls seeking the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in Tuesday's primary are ex-Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former football star and ESPN commentator Craig James.

Leppert has loaned his campaign about $3.6 million, but hasn't increased that total lately.

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