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Cruz makes push in GOP race for Southern endorsements

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was flocked after a solemn prayer service in Birmingham's suburbs. Ovations greeted him long before he took the stage at a standing-room-only rally in Pelham. And more than 1,000 people crammed into a town hall in Huntsville to nosh on free ice cream and hear him speak. "I think we've got the whole state of Alabama here," he quipped as the Huntsville crowd roared to life. The Republican's jam-packed bus tour across the South this week is the biggest commitment yet of any presidential candidate to the "SEC primary," the collection of mostly Southern states voting as a bloc March 1. He followed his weekend swing...

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