Primary Night At The Dewhurst Campaign Headquarters In Houston

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was short of the majority needed to earn the nomination outright, so he and Cruz will now face off in a runoff election on July 31 to advance to the November general election.

"You know, this evening we've seen a clear message from the voters, to the Washington insider special interest — 'don't mess with Texas.'"

Calling himself a Washington "outsider" Dewhurst says he wants to bring what he calls the "Texas conservative success story" to the nation's capital. 

Before a cheering election night crowd here in Houston, Dewhurst said he would get rid of President Obama's health care plan. He said he also wants to curb spending and balance the federal budget without raising taxes.

"I'll put my real-life experience as a lifelong businessman to work in Washington to make sure that we repeal President Obama's job-killing regulations that are killing small businesses."

 Dewhurst touted strong job creation in Texas, saying the state has gained over a million new jobs in the past decade.

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Gail Delaughter

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...