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.


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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=813400491 Hal Klein

    Tea for Texas!!!!

    • sb36695

      And this tea is SWEET!

  • torpedoman2002

    Where is that shade of blue Obama was talking about? He must have been looking over the southern border.

    • Chip

      It isn’t where he is looking, it is where he keeps his head….. just sayin’….

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    Yep, the TEA Party is dead and this proves it…..LMAO !
    Jonah Goldberg, funny dissing OWS !
    Kick butt and take names Mr. Cruz…

  • Daramana

    Thank you Michelle and thank you Tea Party for helping to get Ted Cruz the nomination. After a well deserved pat on the back it’s back to work for a November victory. –George

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  • Okie_pastor

    Anyone else surprised drudge hasn’t Posted anything on Cruz victory? Ya, me neither

  • lillymckim

    Quietly doing our job as Americans because our House and Senate refuse to.
    We vote.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WZWKBMKRC4WW675Q6WXMOUWHCA NCR Elite

    That thinkprogress article is nauseating. It’s the job of public servants to ease the worries of the electorate, not ignore and/or trivialize them.

  • Angelfire4280

    One small step for freedom and one giant leap for the Constitutional Republic!