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Ms. Kinzel says neither the Browns nor the driver, aide Chris Burgoyne, were injured.


Cruz brings tea party flavor to state race

GEORGETOWN — Many Republicans view Ted Cruz as the Texas version of Marco Rubio, the Hispanic U.S. senator from Florida whose conservative philosophy and strong oratory skills helped make him a national tea party force seemingly overnight.

But unlike Mr. Rubio, Mr. Cruz has never appeared on a ballot. The son of a Cuban immigrant got most of his seasoning for next month’s Senate primary by arguing in front of the state Supreme Court as the longest-serving Texas solicitor general.

Mr. Cruz has been endorsed by national tea party leaders, placing the race on the national stage. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has tried to paint Mr. Cruz as an inexperienced upstart who twists the facts. The other top contenders are Tom Leppert and Craig James.

The Texas primary election takes place May 29.


Smith outspends, outraises Welch in Senate race

HARRISBURG — One of the five Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. spent almost $1 million per month, mostly on TV advertisements, heading into the last stretch of the primary race, his campaign reported this week.

Tom Smith reported almost $2 million in his campaign account as of April 4 after spending nearly $3 million in the first three months of 2012. He lent his campaign most of that money, but he also outraised a key rival, Steve Welch, about 2-to-1 in outside contributions during the period.

Mr. Welch, who also is airing TV ads, had about $390,000 left after spending some $770,000 in the period. He has invested $1 million of his own money.

On Friday, Mr. Welch attended a fundraiser at Lehigh University headlined by Gov. Tom Corbett.

The primary is April 24. Mr. Welch and Mr. Smith have raised and spent far more money than the other three Republican candidates combined. They are David Christian, Sam Rohrer and Marc Scaringi.


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