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Craig James fails in U.S. Senate bid

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And, somewhere, a pirate-loving head coach is smiling a satisfied smile.

Craig James, an ESPN college football analyst through the 2011 season, gave up that position to make a run in the political arena.  That run by the former SMU running back, however, fell well short of its goal.

According to multiple media outlets, James conceded the primary race for the Republican nomination for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat late Tuesday night.  With just nearly 70 percent of the precincts reporting at the time, James had received four percent of the votes, which was fourth out of the nine GOP candidates running to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The unofficial final results had James garnering 3.6% of the more than 1.3 million votes cast, or just a little over 50,000.  For comparison’s sake, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who advanced to a late-July runoff for the vacant seat, received 44.6 percent (621,000 votes) and 34.2 percent (477,000) of the votes, respectively.

James left his job at ESPN this past December to make his run at the U.S. Senate.

In December of 2009, Mike Leach was fired as Texas Tech’s head coach after an incident involving one of his players, Adam James, the son of the then-ESPN personality.  Leach has accused James in lawsuits of, among other things, using his “power” at ESPN to get him fired; calling him a “helicopter dad” who attempted to pressure the coaching staff into playing his son more; and hiring a PR firm to spread what the current Washington State head coach refers to as untruths.

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23 Responses to “Craig James fails in U.S. Senate bid”
  1. Deb says: May 30, 2012 11:14 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving candidate.

    Hope you’re having a great night, Coach Leach!! 😉

  2. lbijake says: May 30, 2012 11:41 PM

    The bozo got beat the margin of error.

  3. atxcane says: May 30, 2012 11:55 PM

    I heard Craig James killed five hookers while at SMU.

  4. weavergm says: May 31, 2012 12:20 AM

    I live near Houston, and we’ve been inundated with endless campaign ads from the two candidates that advanced to the runoff. Last night I was surprised to learn that Craig James didn’t win, mainly because I’d forgotten he was running.

  5. ningenito78 says: May 31, 2012 12:35 AM

    Good. Now crawl back under the rock you came from pig. There’s very few people in this world I dislike more than Craig James.

  6. malbosia says: May 31, 2012 2:00 AM

    When I read this headline the first thing I thought was Thank God!

  7. acieu says: May 31, 2012 3:05 AM


  8. seanmmartin says: May 31, 2012 4:47 AM


  9. jimbo75025 says: May 31, 2012 5:00 AM

    Glad the good people of Texas displayed some common sense. Craig James would be lucky to be elected dogcatcher.

    The 4% who voted for him must have been the SMU grads-nobody else I know (in TX or elsewhere) can stand the guy.

    Coach Leach and his buddies should do some Old School style kidnapping in a black A Team van and lock him in a shed for a few days for losing so badly.

    Would have been even better if Coach Leach could have snuck into his concession speach and jumped up on stage dressed in a pirate costume and p**p slapped him.

  10. billobrienschindimple says: May 31, 2012 6:46 AM

    Maybe he should call his daddy and release a video of Hutchison locking him in a closet when he wanted to be out campaigning.

  11. effjohntaylornorelation says: May 31, 2012 7:34 AM

    The bozo got beat the margin of error.

    Love it!

  12. ndreece says: May 31, 2012 8:35 AM

    Right now Craig is checking his Rolodex to see if there is someone he can call to see if it is possible to have everyone fired from their jobs that didn’t vote for him.

  13. jtfris says: May 31, 2012 9:06 AM

    My faith in the good people of Texas is much stronger knowing this.

  14. dkhhuey says: May 31, 2012 10:05 AM

    That must have been a very loud pop when his ego imploded!!! I wonder how many hookers were killed last night after he heard the news!

  15. rolltide510 says: May 31, 2012 10:13 AM

    Wait, what’s all this talk about Craig James having killed five hookers while at SMU? Surely this isn’t true, and I should be able to find a link to a story where Craig James denies having killed five hookers at SMU.

  16. coolhorn says: May 31, 2012 12:56 PM

    Do we know it was just five hookers??? Mike Leach approves of this post. This is proof that there is a God, and he has a sense of humor…now, if ESPN will just not toss him a lifeline.

  17. deucez2 says: May 31, 2012 2:39 PM

    Word is that the hookers of west Texas formed a SuperPAC to campaign against James. They feared for their lives because surely a Senator can cover up more killings than a college FB player.

  18. dietrich43 says: May 31, 2012 8:00 PM

    How did he get 50,000 people to vote for him? Did he save some of his Pony Express money and pay them?

  19. rolltide510 says: May 31, 2012 10:37 PM


    The sad thing is James says he never got a dime at SMU, and I actually believe him. What a chump.

    No way I’d want somebody with such a poor understanding of economics in the Senate.

  20. John Taylor says: May 31, 2012 10:59 PM

    “The sad thing is James says he never got a dime at SMU, and I actually believe him. What a chump.

    No way I’d want somebody with such a poor understanding of economics in the Senate.”

    That is so, so, so good…

  21. jimbo75025 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:34 AM

    rolltide510 says:May 31, 2012 10:37 PM


    The sad thing is James says he never got a dime at SMU, and I actually believe him. What a chump.

    No way I’d want somebody with such a poor understanding of economics in the Senate.

    Amen to that. The key thing to remember is that the ringleader/moneyman of the whole SMU fiasco-Sherwood Blunt (Blount?) was James’ agent when he went pro. Pretty easy to line those dots up.

  22. dawglb says: Jun 1, 2012 1:49 AM

    Nothing better than that guy getting humiliated publicly …. He put himself “out there” (the arrogant douche) thinking his name would put him over the top. Fortunately, his actions spoke louder than he does. His actions (during the Texas Tech issue) exposed him for what he really is…..a tool.

  23. corvusrex96 says: Jun 1, 2012 6:39 PM


    I am sure that Nancy friggin Pelosi could have gotten more than 3.6% of the vote in the Texas Republican Primary.

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