Race to Watch: U.S. Senate

David Dewhurst (Texas Senate)

A tight Republican race for U.S. Senate has the top three candidates watching the polls closely, as politicos begin predicting a July 31st runoff. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst – a veteran politician – leads the race, followed closely by a rising star among conservative – former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

Not to be counted out is former Dallas mayor and businessman Tom Lepert. In this GOP-dominated state, the winner of this primary is considered a shoo-in to take over for retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in Washington.

Ted Cruz (Hispanic Republicans of Texas)

Dewhurst has, by far, the most money to spend, already reportedly going through $9.2 million of his vast personal fortune. He is also, according to some polls, on the edge of the necessary 50 percent to win this race. He also has the support of Gov. Rick Perry and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

But Cruz has been able to rely on big, conservative endorsements like former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, not to mention a string of tea party groups.

Tom Leppert (Leppert Campaign)

As the top three candidates all have similar views on policy like abortion, amnesty and taxes, their campaigns have turned to ads attacking their personalities instead.

Other noteworthy names in the Republican race are former pro-football player Craig James and Magnolia funeral director Glenn Addison. Whoever wins will face one of two Democrats – former state Rep. Paul Sadler or Sean Hubbard – though no Democrat has won a statewide office since 1994.

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