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Match Made In Reality TV Heaven: Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump

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“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin said in a statement provided to The New York Times.

Palin is scheduled to appear with Trump Tuesday evening at a rally at Iowa State University.

Trump said in a statement he is "greatly honored" to receive Palin's endorsement.

Earlier in the day the billionaire real estate mogul set off a flurry of speculation after posting a teaser online for a "very special guest" joining him at his Iowa State University rally.

Palin's endorsement comes as recent polls put Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a dead heat in Iowa, a testing ground for the still-crowded Republican primary field.

She hinted at the news on social media, linking to a blog post by her daughter Bristol saying she hopes Palin endorses Trump with the text "Is THIS Why People Don't like Cruz?"