Conservative Group Supports Cruz in the GOP Senate Primary
WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With 62 days left until the Republican Senate runoff race in Texas, the Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC (CAPE PAC) will continue its educational and GOTV campaign for state Solicitor General Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz in his bid against Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, it was announced today.
Emerging from a field of nine Republican candidates, Tuesday’s primary results indicate growing momentum for Ted Cruz, since David Dewhurst – the establishment candidate – fell short of breaking the 50 percent margin of votes needed to avoid a runoff.
CAPE PAC Chairman Jeff Loyd said, “It’s critical that we do all that we can to win a majority in the U.S. Senate with conservative leaders like Ted Cruz. This runoff is the next big step on the road to victory in November.”
Loyd noted that there were only 145k votes separating Cruz & Dewhurst. More telling was that less than 1.4MM total votes were cast for the Texas Republican Senate race, which is far short of the more than 10MM Texans registered as Republicans and it was an open primary.
CAPE PAC launched a digitally focused push to get out the vote for Cruz in his successful drive to force a runoff against Dewhurst, focusing the conversation around the hash tag #VOTECRUZ which has begun to trend on Twitter. One of the many facets to CAPE’s digital campaign was a targeted online video viewed by more than 30,000 Texans in the days leading up to the primary. You can watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2i7j4BfsPc or visit the CAPE PAC candidate support site for Ted Cruz at www.votetedcruz.org/
Over the course of the next 60+ days leading up to the runoff vote on July 31st, CAPE PAC will be engaging in a wide range of voter contact activities to get out the vote for Cruz including launching a massive call campaign targeting more than 3 million registered Republicans and Independents in Texas. They are focused on driving a large search, social, online video, and email campaign focused on why Cruz should be elected over Dewhurst. They will also be utilizing digital remarketing and other new media advertising techniques to find Texans online with interest in the campaign in an effort to help sway votes for Cruz. As part of this rollout, CAPE PAC is launching an all-out push on television nationwide to drive interest in Cruz to help him prevail against Dewhurst. Loyd was clear that their goal was simply to, “get as many registered Republican voters out to the polls as possible in support of Cruz on July 31st.”
The Coalition of Americans for Political Equality has built on its experience in Indiana and Nebraska with similar get out the vote activities in preparation for the runoff in July. CAPE PAC proved to be an influence in the victory of Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in defeating six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in the U.S. Senate Republican primary. The organization also conducted a voter outreach campaign in Nebraska to target 90,000 registered Republicans to get out the vote for the G.O.P. primary race.
CAPE PAC’s Chairman Jeff Loyd said: “After our campaign experience from Indiana, Nebraska, and this first round in Texas, we feel the most important thing we can do is to reach out by phone and help inform as many registered Republicans as possible about Cruz and do all that we can to get out the vote for him.”
Loyd said Texans now have a “clear choice between a true conservative – Ted Cruz – versus a moderate Republican who would likely continue destructive state policies [Dewhurst].”
Cruz is the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, serving from 2003-08 and representing Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court and all state and federal appellate courts. He was also the youngest Solicitor General in the United States and also longest serving Solicitor General in Texas history. He has authored over 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 40 oral arguments, including 9 before the Supreme Court. As Solicitor General, Cruz had numerous victories for Texas including defending the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument, the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, and others.
“We know what a great leader Cruz has been for the state of Texas and what an advocate he has been for the U.S. Constitution. We want to see more of that kind of leadership in Washington,” Loyd said.
The Coalition of Americans for Political Equality Political Action Committee (CAPE PAC) is a non-profit political organization dedicated to restoring conservative values in the politicians elected to represent all citizens of the United States of America. Through the utilization of tools in the CAPE PAC advocacy center, our goal is to assist an informed and active citizenry in their drive for change in the political landscape this November and beyond.