Sunday, February 7, 2016

After Rand Paul Exits, Cruz Wins New Supporters in Texas

Ted Cruz has won a batch of new supporters in the Texas Legislature following U.S. Senate colleague Rand Paul's decision Wednesday to exit the presidential race.
Most prominent is state Sen. Don Huffines, the Dallas Republican who had chaired Paul's campaign in Texas. Huffines, a longtime friend of the Paul family, said he sees similarities between Cruz's campaign and the Kentucky senator's libertarian message, with both focused on "vastly limiting" the size of the federal government.
“I think Sen. Cruz will pick up a lot of the libertarian-leaning Republicans and the Republicans that have a strong philosophical belief in freedom and liberty and restrained government," Huffines said. Cruz, Huffines added, holds the "values that I believe are closest to those that Rand campaigned on.”
Cruz also picked up the endorsement Wednesday of state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, a longtime supporter of the Pauls and their political efforts. While Stickland had not formally endorsed Rand Paul, he had spoken favorably of him and made donations to his campaign.
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