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Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman has deep roots here in North Texas. Her name is Katrina Pierson, and she grew up in Garland. A stint on Ted Cruz’s 2012 campaign and a failed run for Congress two years later raised her profile nationally.

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Across Texas, several incumbent Republicans are facing aggressive challengers in this year’s primary, and Ted Cruz is part of the reason why. 

His upset of David Dewhurst, the longtime lieutenant governor, in the 2012 U.S. Senate race has encouraged other tea party candidates to run for the first time.