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Dewhurst, Cruz Head To GOP runoff For Texas Senate

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

(AP) -- Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea-party backed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz are heading to a runoff in the state's Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Dewhurst was short of the majority needed to earn the nomination outright. The two men will now face a runoff election on July 31 to advance to the November general election in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. A runoff also will decide the Democratic primary.

The race to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has been fierce, with brutal attacks from all sides. Candidates competed to see who could claim to be the true conservative in the race.

The other top candidates included former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former ESPN football analyst Craig James.Dewhurst, Cruz Head To GOP runoff For Texas Senate


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