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Palin, DeMint to Headline Cruz Rally in Houston

Big names in GOP head to Houston to support senate candidate Cruz

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    FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2011 file photo, former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks in Manchester, N.H. Palin said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, that she is not running for president for 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    Sarah Palin and a host of tea party all-stars are converging on Houston for a get-out-the-vote bash in honor of U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz.

    The former Alaska governor will join South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and top leaders from tea party groups around Texas at a Friday night rally in the Woodlands ahead of Cruz's July 31 runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

    Dewhurst won the Texas primary but failed to capture a majority in a nine-Republican field for the party's nomination to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    Cruz has received millions of dollars from conservative groups who have branded Dewhurst too moderate -- even though the lieutenant governor is the mainstream GOP choice.

    Dewhurst tentatively plans to also be in Houston on Friday, campaigning with voters.