Ted Cruz: Cruising To Victory? FreePAC, Teaparty, and Sarah Palin Help

July 30, 2012 / 1:25 pm • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Ted Cruz looks good going into the run-off election with Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to be the Republican nominee for the United States Senate. How did this happen?

Well, Ted is a great candidate first of all: smart, principled, and hard working. He has been working the grassroots circuit for years. I first met Ted maybe three or four years ago when he was speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in Austin. Since then, he’s faithfully attended Teaparty after Teaparty event. Ted knows every significant grassroots activist in Texas personally.

Ted’s hard work gave him name recognition among the around 30% of the most faithful, devoted conservative leaning political faithful in Texas. They came through and voted for him in the primary but Dewhurst still beat him with his higher name recognition and money, but I knew pretty assuredly that if Ted got into the run-off, Team Dewhurst was in big trouble.

Why? A couple reasons:

1. Most Republican voters have already voted and won’t come back out to vote.
2. The most dedicated will vote.
3. In a head-to-head, Cruz’s name recognition will increase.

The Dewhurst camp made a bad decision when they went so negative on Ted Cruz: The criticism was so outrageously over-the-top that people were forced to go look up the truth. When they went to investigate, many liked what they saw. I’m not sure if the negative ads didn’t help Ted Cruz.

Thursday night of last week, FreePAC, Freedom Works political action committee taught a stadium full of people how to get out the vote. [My interview with Matt Kibbe here.]

After that, there were rousing speeches from all sorts of Cruz supporters. Following the speechifying, Senators Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, Republican usurper Richard Mourdock of Indiana (who beat incumbent Senator Lugar), and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe gave a press conference. There were a couple reporters there and then about 20 bloggers.

[Aside: Journalists ask stupid questions. I got to roll my eyes in front of them instead of online. Example: "Do Republicans want to win the Presidency more or the Congress more?"]

The FreePAC event lasted late and so early Friday, I drove back to The Woodlands, Texas and then went to the TeaParty event where many state TeaParty leaders showed up and endorsed Ted Cruz. Also there: Senator Jim DeMint and former Alaska Governor Ted Cruz.

Combined, these events and others like them around the state have the troops riled for a big turnout tomorrow. The energy certainly seems in Ted Cruz’ favor.

These folks were asked by a Texas Teaparty leader to turn toward the camera folks and show them they’re not DC insiders.

John Drogin, Ted Cruz for Texas campaign manager

John Drogin, Ted Cruz’ campaign manager working hard at the Teaparty event in The Woodlands, Texas.

Texas Teaparty Leaders support Ted Cruz.

Jim DeMint praises Ted Cruz to The Woodlands, Texas Teaparty rally June 27, 2012.

Ted Cruz speaks at the Tea Party

Ted Cruz speaks at the Woodlands Teaparty, Friday, July 27, 2012

Sarah Palin walks on stage at the Texas Teaparty for Ted Cruz

Sarah Palin for Ted Cruz

Sarah Palin endorses Ted Cruz at the Woodlands, Texas Teaparty.

Sarah Palin enjoys the Texas crowd at the Ted Cruz Teparty rally in The Woodlands, Texas

Teaparty Express spokeswoman Amy Kremer with Rafeal Cruz — Ted Cruz’s dad at the Woodlands, Texas Teaparty rally for Ted.

Sarah Palin works the line at the Texas Teaparty rally for Ted Cruz in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Woodlands police were always near Governor Palin and Todd Palin was never far away either at The Woodlands Teaparty rally for Ted Cruz.

  • Chris

    Hoping the support for Cruz is a bellwether of November. Thank you for your tweets from FreePac. They enhanced the online coverage I was watching. I hope they do it again next year. I will do my best to attend.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000601083939 Sonya Burton

    DAMN WHO BROUGTH THE WHORE BACK.