Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Ted Cruz in the Texas GOP Senate primary. Cruz, the former solicitor general, is facing lieutenant governor David Dewhurst in the May 29 election. From the Cruz campaign's press release:

In response to a letter from Ted Cruz, Governor Sarah Palin wrote: “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.”

“Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack,” Governor Palin added. “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.”

The boss wrote yesterday that after Richard Mourdock's victory in Indiana on Tuesday over establishment favorite Dick Lugar, conservatives and the Tea Party may find similar success in the upcoming Texas primary:

Texas. Ted Cruz, an impressive young conservative lawyer—recently solicitor general of Texas, before that a Supreme Court law clerk—trails the incumbent lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, by about ten points in the latest polls in the race for the GOP nomination for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat. Cruz has (amazingly) raised almost as much money as Dewhurst (who is wealthy and can self-fund, however).

And Cruz seems to have all the momentum. If no one gets 50 percent of the vote on May 29, there’s a runoff, and that would mean real trouble for Dewhurst. So the question is whether Cruz can hold Dewhurst short of 50 percent (there are a couple of other candidates running in high single digits), and whether he might even get to 50 percent himself? Dewhurst seems desperate: His main advertising message now is an attack on Cruz because one of the cases his law firm (of 1,200 lawyers) has is on behalf of a Chinese company in a commercial dispute. This apparently makes Cruz a pro-Chinese Communist!

A U.S. Senate with Ted Cruz (and Josh Mandel of Ohio) joining Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte, to mention only two members of the GOP class of 2010, will be a much improved Senate. A Senate with David Dewhurst will be more of the same.

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