- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Home-state presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s secured endorsements from 36 Republican Texas state representatives and five state senators.

Cruz announced Wednesday that those backers joined fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. Randy Weber, Louie Gohmert, Michael Burgess, John Culberson, John Ratcliffe and Brian Babin in formally endorsing his 2016 White House bid.

Tea party-backed Cruz has angered members of the Republican establishment in Washington, but remains popular with grassroots activists and top conservatives back home.

Former Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race, but many other presidential candidates have Texas ties.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was born in Midland, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul grew up in Texas and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was born in Austin.

Texas holds its presidential primary March 1.

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