Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will campaign in St. Paul next Thursday night as he embarks on a multiday swing through many of the dozen states that are holding presidential primaries or caucuses next March 1.
Cruz's campaign released details of Friday of what they're calling "Take Off With Ted." The campaign swing through Super Tuesday states kicks off after next week's Republican presidential debate, with a St. Paul rally planned for Thursday night.
Cruz's visit comes as his campaign has appeared to gain momentum in recent weeks. He has risen in polls of Iowa caucusgoers, and last weekend he won a lopsided victory in a straw poll of nearly 300 Minnesota Republican activists.
He will be the second presidential candidate in the Twin Cities next week. On Tuesday, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be in Minneapolis to deliver what her campaign is billing as a major counterterrorism address.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."