"We're proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next senator from the Lone Star State," Sarah Palin wrote in a letter. "Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack."
Nine Republicans are among those hoping to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate next year: Glenn Addison, "Doc Joe" Agris, Curt Cleaver, Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, Ben Gambini, Craig James, Tom Lepert and Lela Pittenger.
The winner of that race will face the victor of the Democratic primary, where Addie Dainell Allen, Sean Hubbard, Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough are vying for the nomination.
-- Anna M. Tinsley