Annnnnnd polls are closed in Texas. #TXSen Go Cruz!!—
Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) August 01, 2012
The polls have just closed in Texas. Twitter is abuzz with excitement as Tea Party activists wait for results in the GOP Senate run-off election. We’ll keep you updated throughout the night. Keep refreshing this post for the latest!
Based on early returns, it’s looking good for upstart Ted Cruz:
As of right now, we're seeing Ted Cruz give Dewhurst a shellacking. Just a sneak preview of what November will bring Obama nationwide—
Demetrius Minor (@dminor85) August 01, 2012
One hour into the vote count, Cruz maintains a nearly 20,000-vote lead.
Media outlets are beginning to call the race for Cruz just before 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
AP Calls it — Tea party-backed Ted Cruz has defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.—
Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) August 01, 2012
The Associated Press is calling the Senate race for Ted Cruz. He leads 53.5-46.5% over David Dewhurst with about 15% reporting.—
Waco news & notes (@wacotrib) August 01, 2012
I'm not sure what's giving me the bigger smile, that Cruz won or that Obama knows he can't and has called in Clinton.—
Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 01, 2012
Love liberals freaking out about Ted Cruz's nomination as if they'd be any more likely to support Dewhurst.—
Brandon Kiser (@BrandonKiser) August 01, 2012
With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz’ lead has widened to 55–45.
Cornyn: I will do everything I can to help elect Ted Cruz in November and look forward to working with him next year.—
(@JohnCornyn) August 01, 2012
Cruz takes the stage at campaign headquarters at 10:45 p.m. Eastern.
Previous Twitchy coverage of the Ted Cruz/David Dewhurst showdown here.