Trump taps ex-Cruz supporter as spokeswoman
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GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE has signed former Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (R-Texas) supporter and Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson as his new national spokeswoman, the campaign announced Monday afternoon.

"Katrina is a great addition to our team as we continue to expand throughout the country," Trump said in a statement about the Dallas/Fort Worth-area Tea Party activist. 

"Katrina understands the need for real change in Washington, D.C. and the importance of competence in the next election."

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Pierson had been a vocal supporter of Cruz's 2012 Senate bid, and he and his father returned the favor during her long-shot House bid in 2014 to unseat Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). 

Cruz stopped short of delivering a full endorsement in Pierson's bid to take down his Texas colleague, but heaped praise on her at a local event. His father Rafael Cruz, though, explicitly endorsed her. She also received the backing of 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, but Pierson eventually lost to Sessions by a margin of 28 points in the Republican primary.

There's only been sporadic polling of Texas during the GOP primary, but candidates are looking to snag the state's more than 150 primary delegates.

Cruz has led the lion's share of the polling through June, according to a RealClearPolitics aggregation. Trump took the lead during a September poll, but Carson held a tight lead in an October poll.