AUSTIN (KXAN) - Sidestepping questions about a poll that shows him trailing his opponent by ten points, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst once again touted his conservative record as a lawmaker. This time, he paired Texas' business environment to the food chain where he had just purchased a chicken sandwich and orange juice – Chick-fil-A.
His campaign added the Austin event on Monday to give Dewhurst the chance to show his support of the business amid its president's controversial comments opposing same-sex marriage.
"In Texas, we don't try and be politically correct," Dewhurst said told a group of reporters outside. "We want people to have freedom of their beliefs, freedom of religion. We're encouraging people to come to Texas and invest, create jobs and live their dreams."
The last hours before Tuesday's runoff had, no doubt, been tough for the Dewhurst campaign. A Politico article had all but declared Republican rival Ted Cruz the party's nominee for U.S. Senate, followed by a new survey from Public Policy Polling showing Cruz leading 52-42 .
That same poll showed just how far Gov. Rick Perry – one of Dewhurst's biggest supporters in the primary – has fallen in public opinion since his failed presidential bid. Thirty-five percent of respondents said that endorsement would make them less likely to vote for Dewhurst.
Last week, Sarah Palin made her own Chick-fil-A stop in Texas while stumping for Cruz. The poll showed 31 percent of voters were more likely to support a candidate if she endorsed him.
"I think what we're seeing all across the county is a great awaking. People are realizing that career politicians in both parties have gotten us into this mess," Cruz said. "Republicans need to get us back to our core principles."
Some analysts like Jim Henson with the Texas Politics Project said these two clear sides among the GOP indicate a bigger, more divisive problem for the party.
"Clearly, there are divisions in the Republican Party," Henson said. "They've been there for a while. They've been brewing, and this has exposed them."
Still, runoff elections are often unpredictable. While Cruz has the momentum, an internal poll from Dewhurst's campaign shows the lieutenant governor up by five percent – 48-43.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
One person was killed Thursday in a rollover crash near Cedar Creek, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said.
A 15-year-old girl told police she was abducted from the parking lot at Bastrop High School on Wednesday.