Cruz nets first endorsement
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Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) has endorsed Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) for president, giving the 2016 contender his first endorsement.

“Ted Cruz is committed to restoring the America we know and love," Culberson said in a statement. "He will restore the true meaning of the 10th Amendment to get the federal government out of our lives, out of our pockets and out of our way. President Ted Cruz will ensure that Texans truly run Texas.”

Cruz's campaign has struggled to get support from his colleagues in Congress. Fellow Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynBlack lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory The Senate is where dreams go to die Federal government to observe Juneteenth holiday on Friday MORE (R) said that he would stay neutral in the Republican primary, and even close ally Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE (R-Utah) declined to endorse him.

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“You know, we’ve got a lot of Texans who are running for president, so I’m going to watch from the sidelines,” Cornyn told Politico in March.

Paul Teller, Cruz's chief of staff, also reportedly emailed congressional aides this week to ask if their bosses could speak in praise of Cruz, according to Roll Call.

“He wants to show as much congressional support as possible, so anything you could say or do (including tipping me off to who else in the delegation might be supportive), we’d so appreciate,” Teller wrote to one House office, according to the report.

Cruz was the first significant candidate to launch his presidential campaign. He has since made strong gains in fundraising, with super-PACs associated with his campaign reportedly raising $31 million in their first week.

His campaign also raised $4 million in its first nine days.