The Washington Times - May 31, 2012, 10:20PM

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who faces a two-man runoff this summer to be the Republican nominee for the state’s open Senate seat, received the endorsement Thursday of former primary rival Craig James.

Mr. James, an ex-NFL running back and ESPN announcer, said he was “proud” to endorse Mr. Dewhurst in his runoff battle with former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz to fill the seat of the retiring four-term Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican.

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“David Dewhurst is a Texas patriot who will fight for our shared conservative values,” Mr. James said.

Mr. Dewhurst finished first among nine candidates in Tuesday’s primary with 44.6 percent of the vote, though he failed to get the outright majority needed to avoid a July 31 runoff. Mr. Cruz, a tea party favorite, came in second with 34.2 percent, while Mr. James finished with fourth with 3.6 percent.