Congrats to Ted Cruz and his organization. That was an amazing race!— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) Aug. 1, 2012
#strongerthangarlicGod Bless Texas!
Despite Cruz's support from influential Tea Party names including former Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), as well as from deep-pocketed outside spending groups like the Club for Growth and DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund, Perry stood staunchly behind Dewhurst in the primary challenge.
But after Tuesday's runoff, following a primary in which neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, was called for Cruz, Perry quickly released a statement congratulating Cruz and calling on "all conservative Texans to rally behind Ted Cruz in November so we can remake the U.S. Senate in the image of Texas for the good of all Americans."
But Cruz's supporters' congratulatory tweets explicitly celebrated the win as one for the Tea Party.
Congratulations to Ted Cruz! This is a victory both for Ted and for the grassroots Tea Party movement. This... fb.me/2hfzNzYdU— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) Aug. 1, 2012
Just congratulated— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) Aug. 1, 2012
@tedcruz. Loved his humility & sense of being called to duty even in this exciting time. He is going to be a good one.