Actually, Cruz was the beneficiary of some of the most bizarre electoral circumstances in Senate history. Out of 7.6 million voters in Texas, only 1.4 million showed up on a sweltering day for the Texas Republican primary in 2012, of which 479.079 votes were cast for Ted Cruz (34.2% of the primary voters, and only 6.3% of the total number of voters in Texas). His mainstream Republican opponent beat him by 12%, but failed to get 50% of the votes, so they staged a runoff in which Cruz got 631,316 votes out of the 1.1 million votes cast in that second election.

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