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Ted Cruz, center, greets supporters at a Houston voting precinct on election day, July 31, 2012.
Senate candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) may be the first to shore, but he says there's a new wave of Tea Party victories coming behind him.
Cruz won the Republican Senate election runoff in Texas last week, in an upset win against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. He is expected win the November general election in the predominantly red state.
"I think it is part of a tidal wave that is sweeping the whole country, which is that voters are tired of career politicians in both parties," Cruz said, speaking on this week's Fox News Sunday as part of his talk-show victory lap. "I mean, our country is at a crisis point right now ... The American people are looking for new leaders who will step up and stop spending money we don’t have."
Much like the 2010 elections that brought dozens of Tea Partiers into office, Cruz said 2012's races will see a second wave of Tea Party victories. "I believe that tidal wave is only stronger in 2012," he said.
The Tea Party has not been making very many headlines lately, but Cruz says that's because they are "getting to work," fielding candidates instead of demonstrating.