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Sen. Hutchison vows to help Cruz prepare to fill her seat

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says she will help Ted Cruz get elected to fill her seat in Washington. She announced her retirement almost two years ago.

“I’d like to congratulate both Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst on a hard fought primary.

“In the coming months, I will do everything I can to support the election of Ted Cruz to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate and be available to him for any questions that will prepare him for the issues he will face.

“It is more important than ever that we have leaders who are committed to get our country back on track – focused on cutting spending and creating jobs to grow our economy.”

Cruz-Santorum campaign event set for Saturday morning

A big name in Tea Party politics will roll into Southlake, Texas Saturday morning. We now know where and when Rick Santorum will join U.S. Senate Republican runoff candidate Ted Cruz for a rally. The event will take place Saturday morning at 11:30 at the Ranch of the Lonesome Dove.

The event comes less than 24 hours after a rally in The Woodlands with Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint and many Tea Party leaders from across the state. Santorum endorsed Cruz May 24 on Glenn Beck’s radio show.

High profile Tea Party leaders stumping for Cruz

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz is getting some high profile support in his bid for US Senate. The Cruz campaign announced today that national Tea Party leaders including Senator Jim DeMint, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will attend a ‘Get out the Vote’ rally in The Woodlands, Friday.

Some state leaders are also lending their names to the Cruz cause. Julie Turner of the Texas Patriots Tea Party, Ken Emanuelson of the Dallas Tea Party and Waco Tea Party leader Toby Walker are also slated to attend.

Dewhurst resurrects Cruz radio interview in new ad

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s latest radio ad resurrects a heated Houston radio interview between his opponent, Ted Cruz, and conservative State Sen. Dan Patrick. During the June interview, Patrick accused Cruz of lying and criticized him for his campaign attacks.

The two also got into an argument over whether or not Patrick had formally endorsed Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for Senate.

Dewhurst’s new ad accuses Cruz of being "incapable of hearing the truth, as evident when confronted with the facts about David’s Dewhurst’s conservative record by Senator Patrick."

You can listen to the :60 ad, here:

Dewhurst announces Leppert endorsement

It’s been almost than two months since Tom Leppert was forced to settle for a third place finish in the Texas republican U.S Senate primary. Tonight, following a debate with Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced that he’d earned the former Dallas mayor’s endorsement.

A joint statement released by the Dewhurst campaign read:

“Our economy is struggling with millions of Americans out of work and many more worried about their jobs," said Tom Leppert. “In addition, we have a fiscal situation that has brought us literally to the brink. Far too many of our elected representatives in Washington simply do not have the experience of working in the private sector. They have not created jobs or balanced budgets. Simply said, they do not understand how the economy works."

“We must elect leaders who have the experience of creating jobs and dealing with the fiscal issues facing our nation – leaders with a practical understanding of what makes our country work," Leppert continued. “David Dewhurst has that experience and it is for that reason that I endorse David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate. David has created jobs and understands the private sector. He has proven his leadership skills in the private and public sectors and will be an asset to Texas in Washington."

“I’m honored to have the support and endorsement of Mayor Tom Leppert," said David Dewhurst. “In the private sector, Tom Leppert created thousands of jobs and his business acumen was second to none. As Mayor, he helped make Dallas the most successful economy in Texas. I’m proud that Tom is supporting our campaign to take the Texas model to Washington and protect the American Dream for future generations."

“The skills necessary to fight for our country’s economy were instilled in me in the boardroom, not the courtroom"; Dewhurst continued. “And the strength necessary to fight for country’s freedom was instilled in me in boot camp, not debate camp. It’s time to take America back from President Obama and the D.C. insiders destroying the American Dream."

Dewhurst and Cruz will face off in the U.S Senate GOP primary runoff on July 31. Recent poll numbers
show Cruz ousting Dewhurst from the lead. Cruz also out-raised Dewhurst in the last quarter of fundraising.

Cruz leading Dewhurst in new poll

With three weeks until the Texas primary runoff elections it’s still anyone’s guess who will win the Republican US Senate race.

While Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been campaigning as the frontrunner, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows him trailing former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, 49-44. That margin is even wider when talking to voters who describe themselves as ‘very excited’ to vote. In that case, Cruz leads with a 59-36 margin.

Cruz has enjoyed plenty of Tea Party support in the form of million-dollar campaign contributions from groups like the Club for Growth. PPP calls this race ‘one of the most stark examples of the Tea Party movement propelling a candidate that we’ve seen to date."

Full poll results can be found here.

Dewhurst, Cruz spar over late disclosure form

It’s been a bitter battle for the Republican nomination to fill Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat, and three weeks out from runoff election day, the candidates aren’t letting up on their attacks.

Ted Cruz’s campaign is confirming claims it missed a filing deadline for Cruz’s financial disclosure forms. They acknowledged the mistake and that they were forced to pay a $200 fine for filing two months late.

The Dewhurst campaign was quick to jump on the story, calling him "Short Fuse Cruz."

"Today it was exposed that Ted Cruz failed to file his personal financial disclosure with the Senate Ethics Committee and was penalized with the maximum fine," said Dewhurst for Texas Advisor Mark Miner in a statement. "What is Short Fuse Cruz hiding? What other shady clients is he trying to shield? The Dewhurst for Texas campaign demands that Ted Cruz release his Personal Financial Disclosure form, and disclose other possible fines and campaign ethics breaches. We seriously doubt this is the only one."

The Cruz campaign fired back, challenging Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to explain why his office deleted past speeches from his official web site. The Cruz campaign’s Twitter account tweeted "[David Dewhurst] Speech Advocating Guest Worker Program for Illegal Immigrants Vanishes from Site," linking to a story on the National Review’s website.

Dewhurst’s campaign says it was the Lieutenant Governor’s office which asked for all past speeches to be removed. A spokeswoman for Dewhurst said they do not know why the state office wanted the speeches taken down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.