No public appearances for Cruz on eve of Tuesday’s runoff



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Posted on July 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 10:31 PM

HOUSTON — Among the volunteers reaching out to Republican voters Monday on behalf of Senate candidate Ted Cruz was Rep. Michael Burgess.

Burgess dialed potential voters from the Tea Party Express bus near the Dallas Market Center as the Cruz campaign made its final push.

A poll by Public Policy Polling released Sunday night showed the 41-year-old tea party candidate poised to win Tuesday’s runoff against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

But on this election eve, Cruz had no public appearances planned.

“I don’t think that means he’s sitting in an easy chair eating bon-bons,” said Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremer. “I’m sure he’s working.”

Cruz did appear on Fox News on Monday afternoon.

“This race has been called 'ground zero' in the national battle between the moderate establishment clinging to power and the conservative tidal wave sweeping this country,” Cruz said.

Some experts said this runoff race pits establishment Republicans against younger conservatives, and Rep. Burgess suggested the same thing.

“This is the first time in my memory that the United States senator has not been essentially ordained by Austin,” he told News 8.

Over the weekend, tea party stars like Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum campaigned with Cruz. He no doubt hopes those names will help increase Tuesday’s turnout.

Cruz voted early last week. He plans to shake hands with voters Tuesday morning at a polling place near the Houston Galleria.