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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is a tea party favorite with serious legal chops who already has advised the Republican Party to adopt the motto “Opportunity Conservatism.” (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is one of several tea partyers elected to serve in the new Congress, which welcomes 12 rookie members of the Senate and at least 81 new House members. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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Ted Cruz thanks his wife, Heidi, in front of a cheering crowd after he defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in a runoff election Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. (Houston Chronicle/Johnny Hanson via Associated Press)

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Ted Cruz thanks his wife, Heidi, in front of a cheering crowd after he defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in a runoff election Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. (Houston Chronicle/Johnny Hanson via Associated Press)

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Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, once considered a long-shot underdog for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the party’s Tuesday primary runoff, and the reason appears to be his strong support from state tea-party conservatives. It’s a sign of the movement’s growing national clout. (Associated Press)

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Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, once considered a long-shot underdog for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the party’s Tuesday primary runoff, and the reason appears to be his strong support from state tea-party conservatives. It’s a sign of the movement’s growing national clout. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, makes an appearance July 19, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas, as he prepares for the runoff election on July 31. (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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The Club for Growth Action has spent about $5.5 million to try to push tea party insurgent Ted Cruz to victory. The Texas Conservatives Fund, which backs Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, has doled out $5.2 million to attack the tea party favorite. (Associated Press)

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The Club for Growth Action has spent about $5.5 million to try to push tea party insurgent Ted Cruz to victory. The Texas Conservatives Fund, which backs Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, has doled out $5.2 million to attack the tea party favorite. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, makes an appearance July 19, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas, as he prepares for the runoff election on July 31. (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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Ted Cruz, a GOP Senate hopeful, talks with his father, Rafael Cruz, as he works at the campaign's phone bank in Houston on Tuesday. Mr. Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general and the son of a Cuban-American immigrant, is banking on getting into a one-on-one runoff with the longtime lieutenant governor. (Associated Press)

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Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican primary candidate for Senate, says of Tuesday's vote: "The stakes could not be higher." (Houston Chronicle via Associated Press)

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Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican primary candidate for Senate, says of Tuesday's vote: "The stakes could not be higher." (Houston Chronicle via Associated Press)

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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)