Ted Cruz is catching up to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a new Public Policy Polling survey out today, most of it thanks to the Tea Party. If the election were held today, 38 percent of voters say they would vote for Dewhurst for U.S. Senate, 26 percent say they would vote for Cruz, a former state solicitor general. Tom Leppert, a former Dallas mayor, receives 8 percent of the vote. Former ESPN sports analyst Craig James is right behind him with 7 percent.

Cruz is tied with Dewhurst at 35 percent when it comes to voters who identify themselves as Tea Party members. Those who say they are not part of the Tea Party back Dewhurst 41 percent to Cruz’s 20 percent.

The poll also puts each Republican candidate in head-to-head matchups with their potential Democratic opponents. All of the GOP hopefuls beat either Paul Sadler or Sean Hubbard in those scenarios.