AUSTIN - Ted Cruz is a tea party darling and former Ivy League debating champion who can whip grassroots crowds into a frenzy. David Dewhurst is Texas' longtime lieutenant governor whose network of conservative supporters extends across the state.
The two will meet in a July 31 runoff election to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz is eager to deliver the kind of tea party groundswell that helped unseat mainstream Republicans in other conservative states. But he will have to overcome Dewhurst's formidable political organization, which includes help from popular Gov. Rick Perry.
Dewhurst won the state's primary in May by 10 percentage points.