Palin jumps on Cruz bandwagon in Texas
May 10th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin jumps on Cruz bandwagon in Texas

(CNN) – Sarah Palin threw her voice into the Texas Republican Senate race on Thursday, endorsing tea party favorite Ted Cruz less than three weeks before the state's primary.

"We're proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State," Palin wrote in a letter to Cruz, which was released by his campaign.

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A former solicitor general, Cruz has been locked in a high-profile battle against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and ESPN broadcaster Craig James are also contenders in the race.

While Dewhurst has high name recognition as the longtime No. 2 to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Cruz has shaped his campaign as being the conservative alternative to Dewhurst.

In Palin's endorsement, she highlighted what she called Cruz's "conservative principles" and "passionate defense" of the Constitution.

"Our shared goal isn't just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us," she said.

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul also threw his support behind Cruz on Thursday, adding one more voice to a growing list of high profile endorsements for the candidate.

National conservative groups, including super PACS for FreedomWorks and Club for Growth, are also throwing money into the race. Both groups played a big role in the Indiana Senate primary battle, in which state treasurer Richard Mourdock ousted six-term Sen. Dick Lugar earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Club for Growth's super PAC announced a $1 million ad buy attacking Dewhurst.

Meanwhile, Dewhurst's team points to endorsements from former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, as well as Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan.

The lieutenant governor also has the backing of Texas Right To Life PAC and several oil and agricultural groups.

Dewhurst also has a strong fundraising advantage over Cruz, with nearly $12 million raised this cycle compared to Cruz at $5.6 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    I feel sad for Todd Palin.

    May 11, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  2. S.S

    Don't let the liberals use you nor your children!!

    May 11, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |

    Down goes Cruz. Snooki Palin is the kiss of death.

    May 11, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  4. Irma in North Carolina

    So old s.Sarah is at it again, opening her mouth. Cant she just stay out of things.

    May 11, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  5. Marie MD

    OMG!!! Talk about wanting to throw up breakfast this morning. First the porker/aka kardashian look alike in this sesion because WHO CARES WHAT SHE SAYS. In the political section, really CNN, really????? 🙁
    Then her mother and I have not nor will I read the story about the imbecilic moron who, once again, gets into a political story and makes silly out of planet comments.

    May 11, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
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