Cruz, Dewhurst make final push for voters in Houston

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by JASON WHITELY and BRAD WATSON

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WFAA

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 6:02 PM

HOUSTON – The Republican race for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat is coming to a close on Tuesday night after a long and dirty fight between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

Cruz visited a polling place in an upscale neighborhood near Houston’s Galleria, shaking hands with supporters and talking to reporters.

Cruz, 41, a Tea Party favorite, sounded more conciliatory when he told reporters that it’s time for Republicans and Democrats to work together to reduce spending and lower the federal deficit.

“It has been an incredible journey," Cruz said. "We started out in single digits 18 months ago, and we have spent 18 hours a day criss-crossing the State of Texas."

Cruz also said despite the outcome of Tuesday’s runoff, the party would unite behind one candidate.

Dewhurst meanwhile will hold a meet-and-greet at a Houston delicatessen Tuesday afternoon, hoping to repeat his luck from primary day. Dewhurst came out to the same deli that day, and though he didn't win the primary, he did win the most votes.

It will be Dewhurst's last scheduled appearance before voters in the runoff race before he does radio and TV interviews, hoping to appeal to as many voters as possible Tuesday.

Public Policy Polling released a survey on Sunday showing Cruz widening a lead over Dewhurst, however the Dewhurst campaign later said its own internal polling still shows the Lieutenant Governor still ahead.

Cruz plans to spend the rest of this election day doing several radio interviews and reaching out to voters one last time before polls close at 7:00 p.m.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com and bwatson@wfaa.com

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