Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Cruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ MORE (R-Texas) plans to attend a gathering of influential Iowa Republicans on Saturday, the Des Moines Register reports.

This means Cruz will spend back-to-back weekends in Iowa, the latest sign he's moving toward a presidential run. He's heading back in a week for a major summit of Christian conservatives, marking his fifth and sixth trips to the state.

This Saturday's event is hosted by agri-business mogul Bruce Rastetter, a close ally of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R). Rastetter previously flew to New Jersey with other Iowa Republicans to try to convince Gov. Chris Christie (R) to run for president.

Past attendees at Rastetter's annual party include Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).