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Ted Cruz Takes to the Airwaves!



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Texas Senate candidate and NR cover subject Ted Cruz is up on the air with his first ad:

The most recent poll, from the University of Texas in February, has Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst ahead with 38 percent and Cruz in second place at 27 percent. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is at 7 percent.

Tags: David Dewhurst , Ted Cruz , Tom Leppert

Where’s Sanchez?



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Over on the home page, I take a look at retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez – campaigning as “Ric” Sanchez — in Texas’ Senate race. Despite a lot of optimistic headlines when he debuted in the race, he’s been rather quiet since then:

Despite all the fanfare, Sanchez has stumbled coming out of the gate, and the quiet debut doesn’t offer many signs that he’ll be the man to turn around Texas Democrats’ fortunes. His fundraising is pretty weak, considering the costs of running in Texas; in his first quarter as candidate, he raised about $160,000. (In the 2008 cycle, incumbent Republican senator John Cornyn raised $19.3 million and spent $18.9 million.) By contrast, on the Republican side, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz raised about $800,000 in his first quarter and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is putting more than $2 million of his own money into his campaign coffers. In Sanchez’s first quarterly report with the FEC, $9,000 of the $11,657 he spent in the quarter was to Integrity, a St. Louis tech company, for “website” expenses.

So far, Sanchez’s online effort is a nonentity, at least compared to those of his Republican rivals: 576 people like Sanchez’s Facebook page; for Ted Cruz, the total is 61,739. Sanchez has a Twitter account with one tweet, from June 7, and 46 followers. The Cruz campaign account has sent out 915 messages and has 14,203 followers. Sanchez’s campaign YouTube account has no videos posted yet. As of July 25, the last “news item” on hiscampaign website is dated June 8.

Needless to say, when I see the headline “Sanchez Debut Fizzles” I cringe, but that’s just my instincts as a Jets fan.

Tags: Ricardo Sanchez , Ted Cruz , Tom Leppert

Dallas Mayor Jumps Into GOP Texas Senate Primary



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Dallas mayor Tom Leppert announces he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2012.

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Dallas Mayor Running for Senate in 2012?



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Tom Leppert, the mayor of Dallas (an officially nonpartisan position), is being mentioned as a possible Senate candidate in 2012.

It’s no secret that the mayor wants to run for Senate in 2012, and that his most loyal supporters are on board.

Running for re-election as mayor and then running for Senate could be impractical, since the GOP primary is only months after the next mayoral term would begin.

So Leppert, a Republican, has been waiting for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Dallas, to make a decision on her plans. Her third term ends in 2012, and she has not said whether she’ll seek re-election.

Leppert and Hutchison are allies, and he would rather not run against her in a March 2012 primary.

Leppert endorsed Rick Perry for governor earlier this year. In March, he appeared with Sarah Palin at a fundraising dinner for a new women’s pregnancy center in Dallas.

Tags: Kay Bailey Hutchison , Sarah Palin , Tom Leppert

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