Tea Party showdown in Texas: Election night open thread, early returns favor Cruz; Update: AP calls it for Cruz

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:

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.

With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz’ lead has widened to 55–45.

Cruz takes the stage at campaign headquarters at 10:45 p.m. Eastern.

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Previous Twitchy coverage of the Ted Cruz/David Dewhurst showdown here.

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