Congratulations to Ted Cruz, who has won the runoff election for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate from Texas. In Texas, the GOP nominee is almost certainly the next U.S. Senator. This was a long campaign overcoming enormous odds; when we first blogged about his announcement to run for the open seat, the campaign looked like a huge long shot. So this is a pretty remarkable win. I’ve known Ted since college, and I expect him to be a major force in the Senate. So congratulations to him, and to everyone who worked on the campaign.