Veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocate and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz is one step away from joining the U.S. Senate after winning an upset victory in the Texas Republican primary on Tuesday.
Cruz, the head of the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius since 2008, edged out Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst with 56.8 percent of the vote. Dewhurst, who had the backing of Texas Governor Rick Perry, received 43.2 percent. He will face Democratic lawyer Paul Sadler in the November general election.
"Thank you to each & every one of you who made this possible," Cruz tweeted after he secured the Republican nomination to succeed Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R). "Let's lead the fight to defend liberty."