Activist Group Backs Ted Cruz with $1 Million
A national conservative activist group says it’s ready to spend $1 million in the Texas U.S. Senate race. They’re hoping it will help to elect former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.
The group, the Club for Growth, scored a big win Tuesday night when its favored candidate defeated longtime Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar. Now the group wants to use the momentum gained there — and a million-dollar TV ad campaign — to push Ted Cruz to victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
“I would call this the beginning of our efforts in Texas,” said Barney Keller, communications director for the Club for Growth. “You can expect us to make sure Ted Cruz has all the resources he needs to make it to the runoff and then take on David Dewhurst in the runoff primary.”
The group already spent money campaigning for Cruz in January. The million dollars will help, but it takes almost twice that to stay on the air for a week across Texas. And a recent poll, done for Conservative Republicans of Texas by a consulting firm that has worked for Dewhurst in the past, shows Dewhurst with 51 percent support, enough to avoid a runoff.