HOUSTON (AP) — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is pleading with Texans to vote in the Republican primary runoff, well aware that his battle with a tea party favorite for a shot at the U.S. Senate could come down to voter turnout.
Dewhurst's words Tuesday were strikingly similar to those used by Ted Cruz hours earlier in the same upscale Houston neighborhood.
Dewhurst told supporters he was the "only real conservative" in the race, and pointed to what he called his solid record in Texas state government as an example of what he could do in Washington.
Dewhurst vowed to repeal President Barack Obama's health care bill, and says his business experience would help "turn Washington upside down." Lieutenant governor is a part-time post in Texas, so Dewhurst still runs his own business.