Cruz Poised for Big Win as Election Day Arrives

Barring a historically shocking upset, Tea Party darling Ted Cruz will become Senator-elect Ted Cruz on Tuesday night, and former state Rep. Paul Sadler will join a long line of Texas Democrats who have failed to break the GOP stranglehold on statewide politics.

Though he’s never held elective office, Cruz, 41, ran as an insurgent and came from behind to defeat longtime Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — favored by Gov. Rick Perry and the party establishment — in the GOP primary.  

After winning the nomination this summer, Cruz hasn’t had to worry much about whether he will become the first ...

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