The Texas U.S. Senate primary is the latest in a long line of important benchmarks for the Tea Party movement. Like Indiana and Nebraska before it, Texas is an opportunity for a Tea Party-backed conservative (Ted Cruz) to defeat the establishment choice (Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst).
According to recent polling, Dewhurst is hovering just under the 50% mark. If Tuesday’s results mirror the polls, there will be a run-off, giving Cruz the chance to challenge the establishment candidate mano-a-mano.