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Carly Fiorina

Ted Cruz announced Wednesday he is picking former rival Carly Fiorina as his running mate in a last-ditch move designed to shake up the GOP primary race in which he badly trails Donald Trump.

Calling his decision "one of the most solemn choices you make" as a candidate, at a rally in Indianapolis, Ind., Cruz praised Fiorina's business experience, character and past ability to stand up to the Republican front-runner.

"She doesn't get overly excited," Cruz said. "She doesn't get rattled over what is being thrown at her."

Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

While candidates talking to church congregations may sound like small beans local politics, this is 40,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church. Its Plano campus can seat 7,000, and pretty much all of the seats were full.  Six candidates vying to be the Republican presidential nominee showed up, even though all of the major candidates from both sides of the aisle were invited.

From Texas Standard:

Former Governor Rick Perry's bid for the presidency may have come to an end, but there's still a few chances that someone with Texas ties could occupy the White House next term.