06/15/2012 02:44 pm ET

Ted Cruz Campaign Presses David Dewhurst For More Debates In Texas Senate Race

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz's campaign accused primary opponent David Dewhurst of stonewalling efforts for more debates prior to the Texas runoff election for the U.S. Senate.

Cruz, the former Texas solicitor general, has called for five debates before the July 31 election. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has already agreed to two televised debates and has said he wants more, but with a caveat: They must be broadcasted on television.

A spokesman for Cruz called Dewhurst "disingenuous" over his debate stance, citing his caveat and cutting out on candidate forums before the May primary.

Whichever candidate wins the primary election to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) is expected to sail his way to the Senate. Former State Rep. Paul Sadler (D) faces a runoff fight against little-known retired educator Grady Yarbrough.

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