Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz are playing to their strengths in the final stretch before Tuesday's GOP Senate runoff.
According to recently filed Federal Election Commission reports, Dewhurst has loaned his campaign an additional $8 million since his pre-runoff report. That brings his loan total to $24.5 million, according to the Houston Chronicle. Dewhurst's personal fortune was always his greatest strength and he has proven willing to spend generously.
Part of that money will go toward a new television ad featuring Gov. Rick Perry (R).
Cruz, meanwhile, is deploying the national star power backing his bid in a last ditch effort to turn out voters. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) are scheduled to appear at a get-out-the-vote rally in The Woodlands, Texas, in the Houston exurbs this evening. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Texas Rep. Michael Burgess (R) are set to campaign for Cruz tomorrow in Southlake, Texas, which is a suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Dewhurst came in first place in the primary, but sources on the ground — even some backing Dewhurst — are concluding that the late momentum is with Cruz. That said, Dewhurst's money is a significant factor in the lead up to Tuesday.
Roll Call rates this race as Safe Republican. Whichever candidate wins the runoff is a safe bet to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R).