More than 1.1 million Republican voters cast ballots in the runoff in which tea party favorite Ted Cruz trounced Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to become the Republican candidate for the state's next U.S. Senator. That's about 8.5 percent of registered voters and nearly as high a turnout as the Senate primary itself, which drew just more than 1.4 million votes. "Turnout was higher than most people expected," said Mark Jones, political science chairman at Rice University. "All the discussion of the heat of July causing voters to wilt — in the end, Texas functions in July."Editor's note - Added to the overwhelming turn-out for the Chick-fil A counter-protests, and Scott Walker's big victory in Wisconsin in June, all un-anticipated by the pundits, a good portend for the right in November?
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Surprisingly high turn-out in Texas for GOP run-off
Nearly as high as the primary From the Austin American-Statesman, "Surprisingly high turnout in Republican runoff didn't help Dewhurst":