HOUSTON -- With Texas voters finally going to the polls today in the state's long delayed primary, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appealed for support at one last campaign stop in his home town of Houston.
Dewhurst, who is the front runner among nine candidates running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, stopped by a deli at midday in the Galleria area.
His pitch to customers yet to vote is that he has the conservative record after 13 years as a statewide office holder to go to Washington to try and repeal the health care law enacted by the Democrats and President Obama, cut spending and taxes.
Dewhurst needs every vote he can get. Recent independent polls show him closing in on 50 percent support among GOP primary voters but not with majority yet that he needs tonight to avoid what would be an expensive, harsh and hard fought runoff July 31st.
Dewhurst is most concerned with former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz who's been second in polls and consistently critical of Dewhurst of being an establishment office holder willing to compromise with Democrats in the Texas Senate.
Cruz who enjoys substantial support from tea party voters says the time for compromise on social and fiscal issues is over.
Dewhurst forecast total GOP turnout from 1- 1.2 million voters which would be down from 2008 and 2010.
Polls are open until 7 p.m.