Texas Attorney General and GOP Senate candidate Ted Cruz is someone many think represents the future of the conservative movement. But in a state as large as Texas, Cruz began his campaign lacking the name identification and the funds of moderate establishment Republican Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst, who is the frontrunner because of the advantages brought by the political establishment.Lee recalls that Gov. Palin proved her political influence in Texas politics during the 2010 election, when her endorsement helped Gov. Rick Perry survive a challenge from U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Now Sarah Palin and Perry are on opposite sides of this primary race, with Perry supporting his Lt. Governor (Dewhurst) and Palin backing the more conservative Cruz.
And while Cruz has been endorsed by conservative Senators such as South Carolina’s Jim Demint, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, and Utah’s Mike Lee in addition to influential conservative groups like FreedomWorks, nothing gives a campaign more rocket fuel, especially among conservatives, than the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
When asked to describe the already-surging Cruz campaign before and immediately after Palin officially endorsed him last Thursday, Cruz Campaign Manager John Drogin told Breitbart News, “What's the difference in the temperature between venus and the sun? The campaign was venus hot pre-Palin endorsement and sun-spot hot post-Palin endorsement.”
According to Drogin, Cruz’s campaign website had over eight times the normal traffic after Palin’s endorsement and the campaign received nearly 900 donations since she gave it.
“Phones are ringing off the hook, volunteers are signing up, and social networks are buzzing,” Drogin said.
Dewhurst, who has supported higher taxes and sanctuary cities, seemed unlikely to get Palin’s support, but her strong endorsement gives Cruz much-needed name recognition and buzz as Texans head to the polls.