07/12/2012 06:04 pm ET Updated Jul 12, 2012

Ted Cruz Gets $1.5 Million Club for Growth Donation In Texas Republican Senate Primary

Just three weeks before his primary showdown with David Dewhurst, Republican Senate hopeful Ted Cruz is getting a major boost from a conservative super PAC.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Club for Growth Action Fund will spend $1.5 million in television and radio ads to try to and lift the Tea Party favorite to victory. The ads will criticize his opponent, the state's current lieutenant governor, as "big-spending, tax-raising David Dewhurst," a Cruz campaign spokesperson told the paper.

The outcome of the race remains unclear, with polls showing conflicting results. On Thursday, a poll commissioned by the pro-Cruz Citizens United Political Victory Fund showed Cruz leading Dewhurst 47 percent to 38 percent, Politico reports. But the latest poll by the Dewhurst camp, released Wednesday, has the lieutenant governor up 50 percent to 42 percent.

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  • Democrats Worry Rep. Conyers In Peril In Aug. Primary [POLITICO]
  • Mayor Bloomberg Pledges To Help Fundraise For NY Congressional Hopeful [New York Daily News]
  • Oregon Election Official Denies State Improperly Struck Signatures From Marijuana Measure [The Oregonian]
  • Will The Massachusetts Senate Race Be The Costliest Race In The Country? [Associated Press]
  • Karl Rove's American Crossroads To Spend Over6 Million In Attack Ads On Sen. Nelson [The Miami Herald]
  • California Appeals Court To Review Controversial Ballot Change That Put Gov. Brown's Measure On Top [Sacramento Bee]
  • In Tennessee, GOP Incumbents Out-Raise Tea Party Outsiders By A 2-1 Margin [The Tennessean]
  • Poll Confirms Huge Lead For Angus King In Maine Senate Race [Bangor Daily News]
  • After Months Of Negotiations, Congressional Candidates In Iowa Still Debate Over Debates [Des Moines Register]


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