Via the Austin American-Statesman:
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican and national hero to many conservatives and tea-partiers, today endorsed Ted Cruz in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
DeMint’s endorsement could help Cruz attract attention and money from around the country as he competes against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who will enter the race this week.
“I am very proud to endorse Ted Cruz for the Senate seat in Texas,” DeMint said. “He’s the strongest conservative in the race and he’s earned the support of the grassroots in Texas.”
Then DeMint took a shot at Dewhurst, who starts the race with much higher name identification and a personal fortune he can tap.
“An establishment candidate with deep pockets will enter this race soon so it’s even more important now for freedom-loving American