The Washington Times - July 26, 2012, 04:17PM

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will attend a campaign event Friday in support of Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas, his office says.

Mrs. Palin has endorsed Mr. Cruz, who has received strong tea party support from across the country, over Republican primary rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The two candidates face-off Tuesday in a bitterly contested runoff election.

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Joining Mrs. Palin at the Houston-area event will be another tea party favorite, Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican.

Former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will attend a Cruz rally in the Dallas area on Saturday.

Mr. Cruz and Mr. Dewhurst failed to get an outright majority in the state’s Republican primary in May. In that contest, Mr. Dewhurst earned 45 percent of the vote to Mr. Cruz’s 34 percent.