Cruz latest presidential candidate to visit North Carolina

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a caucus night rally as his wife, Heidi, listens Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz sealed a victory in the Republican Iowa caucuses, winning on the strength of his relentless campaigning and support from his party's diehard conservatives. (Chris Carlson/AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ted Cruz is the latest presidential candidate to campaign in North Carolina as next week’s primary approaches.

The Texas senator’s campaign scheduled a midday rally Tuesday at the Calvary Baptist Church and School near Raleigh. His campaign says he’s also got a late-afternoon rally at Central Baptist Church in Kannapolis.

Cruz’s last major public event in North Carolina was at last June’s state Republican Party Convention. His wife spoke last weekend at the Civitas Institute’s annual Conservative Leadership Conference.

Cruz is second in the GOP delegate count nationwide to Donald Trump, who spoke in Concord on Monday and is slated back in Fayetteville on Wednesday. North Carolina is one of five states with presidential primaries March 15.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is slated to be in North Carolina on Thursday.

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