Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that the former state solicitor general will address the Aug. 27-30 convention along with four other conservative notables, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Dewhurst was backed by Gov. Rick Perry and much of the Texas GOP establishment but lost a July 31 runoff election to Cruz by 13 percentage points.
Cruz advances to the November election against Democratic former state Rep. Paul Sadler. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.
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