With a victorious 64.5%, Ted Cruz, Texas candidate for U.S. Senate won the Garland Tea Party straw poll taken on September 15, 2011. Compare this margin of victory against that of David Dewhurst at 1%.
The last straw poll of note was taken by the Kerrville Republican Women on August 19, 2011 and the results were similar:
Ted Cruz – 61% David Dewhurst – 2.7%
I compare the two candidates in the poll results because it is a common thought in Texas Republican politics, especially that of grass roots level politics, that the real battle is between Cruz and Dewhurst in the GOP U.S. Senate primary race.
It is to be noted that Lt. Governor Dewhurst did not attend the event. To date, he has missed nine such events despite being invited to all of them, along with the other candidates.