Remaining GOP Senate candidates battle over who is more conservative

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Updated: 5/31/2012 2:59 am
The two remaining GOP Senate candidates, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, held dueling press events Wednesday, jousting over who is the most conservative.

Dewhurst was buoyed by his Tuesday finish with 45 percent of the vote.

He told a group of media, "I'm just merely saying that Mr. Cruz talks conservative. I act, I do conservative. Mr. Cruz has called me a conservative. I believe he talks conservative. But this is simply a primary. We're going to let the voters of Texas decide on who they think is the best person to go up to Washington."

"Texas voters are conservative. They like Texas. They like what Governor Rick Perry and I and the legislature have created. And they understand this success model and I believe they're going to want to see that in Washington."

Cruz, who finished with 34 percent of the vote, said, "The voters of Texas want a conservative. If you look at what's been happening in this country in the last two years, in state after state, voters have said they are fed up with the same tired, moderate, established incumbents that don't believe anything. Our country is going broke. We've got a 16-trillion debt, and the reason is we've had career politicians in both parties who can't stop spending."

"There's a whole lot of conservatives in Texas that are ready to have a Senator from Texas who is going to lead the fight against Obama rather than just go along to get along."

Dewhurst has the endorsement of Governor Perry, but Cruz is going to have the financial backing of conservative groups around the country.

On the Democratic side of the Senate race, Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough are in the runoff. Sadler, from East Texas, was a State Representative for 12 years. Yarbrough is a perennial candidate who has run in the past as both a Democrat and as a Republican.

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