AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz often points out that when he began his run for U.S. Senate, he was polling at just 2 percent.
But the former state solicitor general pulled off what had seemed an unthinkable upset Tuesday, and it wasn't even close. He trounced Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by about 13 percentage points. The win shook one of America's reddest states to its political core.
Gov. Rick Perry and much of the rest of the Republican establishment lined up to endorse Dewhurst for their party's nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. And the party's mainstream doesn't lose much in Texas. After all, the state hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office in nearly 20 years.
Cruz figures to be an overwhelming favorite in November against Democrat Paul Sadler.