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Ted Cruz’s Deceptive Triumphposted on August 3, 2012
The American Prospect’s Abby Rapoport chronicles the rise of Ted Cruz, the insurgent candidate who won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Texas, defeating Rick Perry’s lieutenant governor, David Dewhurt. While many pundits have called it a win for the Tea Party, Rapoport argues that Cruz’s success is better understood as a shift away from Rick Perry’s dominance over the Republican Party in Texas. “Cruz’s victory paves the way for other Texas conservatives to emerge,” writes Rapoport.