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Texas Tea Party Underdog Win Makes National Headlines

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

Washington D.C. - Ted Cruz's unexpected double-digit victory over Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat made headlines across the country Wednesday morning.

Republicans in the nation's capital are pleased with the results and are already looking ahead to November's general elections. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said Wednesday he called Cruz to congratulate him and let him know he looks forward to working with him.

"Ted ran a remarkable campaign, addressing in a very focused way the frustrations people feel about the direction of this administration and the majority in the Senate saying that he wants to come on and join the fight," said Cornyn.

Cruz won the primary runoff by 14 percentage points. He will face Democrat nominee Representative Paul Sadler in the general elections in November for the seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The Tea Party underdog has already received an endorsement from Senator Hutchison.

"I have always believed that it's important to bring new people with new ideas into the U.S. Congress and I am confident Ted Cruz, working with Senator John Cornyn and the rest of our delegation, will do a great job for the people of Texas," said Hutchison in a statement Wednesday.

Still, political analysts say despite the win by Cruz, Republicans have more work to do to form a united front before November.

"Cruz came across as more angry and more willing to shake things up if he went to Washington," said Jessica Taylor of the Rothenberg Political Report.

"This shows the divide we're seeing within the Republican Party," she said.

By Ana Melgar.Texas Tea Party Underdog Win Makes National Headlines


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