It’s about time. Once the polls close tonight on the Texas primary, I should no longer be forced to write the phrase “likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.” With a win in Texas, the former Massachusetts Governor will officially clench the nomination, having won enough delegates to secure his endorsement at the Republican national convention in Tampa this summer.
The Republican presidential race may be wrapping up, but when it comes to the decision of who gets to replace Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Congress next year, well, that may still have to wait. Although Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is highly likely to get the most votes, it is unclear if he has the level of support needed to garner 50 percent and avoid a runoff vote.
Dewhurst, who is being backed by Governor Rick Perry, has become the party pick but, just like in Nebraska’s senate primary, there’s been a strong last minute push behind Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz. According to Roll Call, “[T]ea party activists who see Cruz as in the mold of Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) — both are ethnic Cubans — have targeted the lieutenant governor for being too cozy with the GOP establishment. The former solicitor general’s backers include the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Palin and Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Rand Paul (Ky.).”
If Dewhurst is kept to under half the vote, a runoff will be held July 31st between himself and the second place finisher. Currently, Dewhurst is polling at 46 percent.
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