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The Evening Brief: July 6, 2012

Your evening reading: internal Cruz poll draws skepticism; Dewhurst surrogate clashes with Cruz after forum; soot a growing threat for Texas, scientists say

Ted Cruz at the JW Marriott hotel in Houston on May 29, 2012.

Culled:

  • Cruz's eyebrow-raising poll (Politico): "Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz is claiming a 9-point lead in internal polling over his GOP primary opponent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. … Dewhurst strategist Dave Carney shrugged at the top line numbers. 'It's not even close to what we have,' he said."

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Soot is an Underrated Threat, Scientists Say: "Soot gets less attention in Texas than the big daddy of air pollution, ozone. But scientists say that it is a growing threat for Texans, and the Environmental Protection Agency is tightening standards."
  • Codependent Candidates Use Others' Supporters: "If Tea Party and other activists show up for the primary runoffs to help a particular candidate, does that help other candidates of the same political stripe? Top-of-the-ballot candidates trying to stake a claim to their support could benefit — and benefit from — local and regional candidates in down-ballot races."

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