Cruz endorses GOP candidate for Senate in New Hampshire

Cruz endorses GOP candidate for Senate in New Hampshire
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday endorsed New Hampshire Republican candidate Bill O'Brien for the 2020 New Hampshire Senate race. 

".@OBrienForNH would make a Senator who would make the state of New Hampshire proud!" Cruz tweeted. "I hope you will join me in supporting him."

He elaborated on his endorsement in an interview with conservative radio host Jeff Kuhner, calling O'Brien a "principled conservative" who "knows how to produce results."

"Bill O'Brien has a backbone. He is willing to stand up to do the right thing even if the lobbyists and the special interests, they don't like it," Cruz said. 

"I think he would make a phenomenal senator from new Hampshire and I'm very proud to stand with him," he added. 

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Cruz's endorsement for the former New Hampshire state House Speaker comes as former Trump campaign aide Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski told by Fox Business host he was being 'a little slurry' during interview The Hill's Morning Report - New impeachment battle: Pompeo vs. House Dems Lewandowski: 'Fair' to say Senate run might not happen MORE mulls entering the GOP primary.  

As he testified before the House on Tuesday, Lewandowski tweeted out a website that appears to boost a potential Senate bid.

The next day, he appeared on Fox News and said he was "very close" to announcing his decision on whether he would enter the race. 

Asked about Lewandowski's possible bid, Cruz said "I like Corey, I know Corey ... I don't know if he's going to get in the race or not."

"What I do know is Bill is in the race and Bill has been a proven conservative leader," he added. 

recent Emerson University poll showed Lewandowski leading both O'Brien and Don Bolduc in the state's Republican primary. The former Trump aide had 23 percent of the vote, while Bolduc had 9 percent, O’Brien had 7 percent and 56 percent were undecided. 

The seat O'Brien and the others are running for is held by Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Energy: Advisory panel pushes park service to privatize campgrounds | Dems urge Perry to keep lightbulb efficiency rules | Marshall Islands declares national climate crisis Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Planned Parenthood charges into 2020 | PhRMA CEO warns against Pelosi drug pricing bill | Medicaid work requirements costing states millions MORE (D). The Cook Political report rated the race as "Solid Democrat."