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Cruz Wins Texas Senatorial Runoff; Georgia Primary results

by | Aug 2, 2012

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

Ted Cruz won Texas Republican senatorial runoff

July was quiet on the political front for congressional races until the 31st when Texas held its runoff races and Georgia held its congressional primaries.

In Texas, no candidate received 50% of the vote in the May 29 Republican senatorial primary, meaning pro-life former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and pro-life Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst squared off on Monday.

Mr. Cruz won the long anticipated race by a margin 57% to 43%. 

On the Democratic side pro-abortion former state Rep. Paul Sadler defeated political unknown Grady Yarbrough in the Democratic runoff.  Yarbough’s position on abortion was unknown. 

The seat is open due to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s impending retirement and is considered “safe Republican” by Rothenberg Political Report.

There is another vacancy due to retirement, the 14th congressional district seat held for many years by Rep. Ron Paul.

On the Republican side pro-life state Rep. Randy Weber defeated pro-life Pearland City Councilwoman Felicia Harris, 63% to 37%.  Weber will face pro-abortion former Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson in November.  This race is considered “likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.

In Texas’ 23rd congressional district, pro-abortion state Rep. Pete Gallego (D) overcame pro-abortion former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, 55% to 45%.  Gallego will challenge pro-life freshman Republican Rep. Quico Canseco on November 6.  The district is considered “tilt Republican tossup” by the Rothenberg Political Report.

Pro-life former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams beat pro-life businessman Wes Riddle for the Republican nomination in the 25th congressional district. Williams is expected to prevail against Democrat Elaine Henderson whose abortion position is unknown.  According to Rothenberg Political Report, the new district is considered “safe Republican.”

In Texas’ 36th congressional district, another considered “safe Republican” by Rothenberg, pro-life former Congressman Steve Stockman bested pro-life businessman Steve Takach in the Republican runoff.  Stockman is expected to easily win against pro-abortion businessman Max Martin (D).  The district went 69% for McCain in the 2008 presidential contest.

In Georgia, pundits were watching the outcomes of the congressional primaries held in the 9th and 12th districts.  However after Monday’s results, there will be a runoff between the two top candidates on August 21, because no candidate in those districts received more than 50% of the vote.

In the 9th congressional district, the runoff on the Republican side will take place between pro-life state Rep. Doug Collins and pro-life radio talk show host Martha Zoller.  The matchup appears to be extremely close with Collins having taken 41.8% of the vote and Zoller taking 41.1%. The district is considered “safe Republican” by Rothenberg Political Report.

In the 12th congressional district, pro-life state Rep. Lee Anderson and pro-life businessman Rick Allen will face off in the August 21 runoff.  The winner will challenge pro-abortion Rep. John Barrow (D), who most recently voted to preserve the current policy of allowing legal abortion for any reason, until the moment of birth, in the District of Columbia.  This district is considered “lean Republican” by Rothenberg.

August will be a very busy month with eleven states determining their nominees for the November 6, general election.  Watch National Right to Life News Today for the results of these and other races.

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