Who has more political clout, Texas Governor Rick Perry or former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin? It’s a question we may soon be able to answer as each politician picks a candidate to back in the Texas Republican primary for the senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Perry is backing David Dewhurst, his own lieutenant governor, while Palin is supporting former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who is backed by the Tea Party.
The race somewhat resembles that of the recent Nebraska Republican primary, where a last minute push from Palin and Tea Party activists put State Senator Deb Fischer ahead of Attorney General Jon Bruning, putting the Tea Party candidate in the nomination spot ahead of the party-backed, establishment candidate.
But in Texas, the battle is different. Dewhurst is expected to easily win the primary. The challenge is whether he can win it with at least 50 percent of the vote, avoiding a run off election with the second place finisher. It is that scenario that Palin and other Cruz backers hope to create.
Palin came to bat this week with a robocall asking voters to support Cruz in the May 29th primary. Unfortunately, many of those calls accidentally went to voters in Kansas instead.
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