|Ted Cruz (photo: Gage Skidmore)|
The AP projects that Tea Party star Ted Cruz will win the Texas Republican Senate primary, defeating “establishment” candidate and longtime Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst.
In the past several weeks victory for Cruz, the former solicitor general, had begun to look increasingly likely, with polls showing him ahead of Dewhurst, and major national Tea Party stars like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint turning out to campaign for him in the final days leading up to the runoff. However, for the bulk of the race Cruz had been the underdog, lacking in the wealth and name recognition enjoyed by Dewhurst, who has been the lieutenant governor under Rick Perry since 2003.This is a huge victory for conservatives. The Cruz team is celebrating with Chick-fil-A at their victory party.