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Former ESPN Commentator James Concedes Senate Race

James concedes as Cruz, Dewhurst ready for July 31 runoff

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    College football analyst Craig James.

    Former college football analyst Craig James has conceded in the race for the Republican nomination for Texas' U.S. Senate seat.

    At 10:30 p.m., with 68 percent of precincts reporting, James held only 4 percent of the vote.

    James was one of nine GOP candidates vying to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz advanced Tuesday night to a July 31 runoff.

    James is a former star at SMU and longtime ESPN commentator. He left the network to join the race in December.

    His candidacy drew attention among sports fans, but never took off in Texas. He lagged far behind in polls and was running in fourth place Tuesday night.

    Dewhurst, Cruz and former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert were all far ahead of James.