AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In tea party friendly Texas, no political star has burned brighter in recent years than Republican Ted Cruz.
But he may soon be finding himself defending his home turf.
The first-term senator gave a speech Tuesday in Houston and is holding three campaign events two days later. They're his first public visits in his home state since a tour for his new book before July 4.
Cruz is returning just as Donald Trump has shot to the top of statewide polls, mirroring a national rise.
Other rivals, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul among them, have come to Texas more recently or frequently.
The White House hopeful who was expected to give Cruz a home-state run for his money, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is barely making an impact.