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Tea party candidate Ted Cruz (left) responds in January to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a Republican primary debate in Austin. The former Texas solicitor general has repeatedly challenged Mr. Dewhurst's conservative credentials in the primary race for the U.S. Senate seat left open with the retirement of Kay Bailey Hutchison. (Associated Press)

Tea party candidate Ted Cruz (left) responds in January to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a Republican primary debate in Austin. The former Texas solicitor general has repeatedly challenged Mr. Dewhurst's conservative credentials in the primary race for the U.S. Senate seat left open with the retirement of Kay Bailey Hutchison. (Associated Press)

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