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Senator Cruz makes Presidential announcement

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(CNN) — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination early Monday.

“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” he tweeted just after midnight.

Cruz, 44, will be the first candidate to formally throw his hat in the ring for what’s expected to be a crowded GOP primary.

He is schedule to appear before the student convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where he is expected to speak about his bid for President.