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GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz visits the Coastal Empire

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Fresh off a GOP primary debate that drew a record-breaking television audience, one of the participants and Republican front-runners, visited the Coastal Empire Friday.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke to a crowd of hundreds of supporters at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.

Senator Cruz outlined his campaign message as he makes a run at the Republican presidential candidacy.

"Georgia is going to play a critical role in the Republican primary, and I believe Georgia in particular is going to help ensure that the next Republican nominee and the next president of the United States is a strong conservative,” Senator Cruz said.

Senator Cruz is on a tour through several southern states lasting eight days.

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