Santorum Endorses Ted Cruz In Texas Senate Race

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has endorsed Ted Cruz in the increasingly competitive Republican primary for open U.S. Senate seat in Texas.

“Ted Cruz is spellbinding, a tremendous orator and principled,” Santorum said on Glenn Beck’s radio show. “Understands these issues at his core. We need people who can motivate and lead. Ted has that capability.”

Cruz, the state’s former solicitor general and a tea party favorite, has already won the endorsement of Sarah Palin.  Cruz is viewed as the top challenger to state Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, with both candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R).

(h/t CNN

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