AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he never felt the need to woo key tea party leaders nationwide. In his words, I ve been focused on Texans.

Dewhurst made the comments to The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and other tea party favorites are scheduled to visit Dallas and Houston this week to campaign for Ted Cruz.

Dewhurst says supporters for his Republican opponent for U.S. Senate are from smaller, less developed and less diverse states than Texas. Among Cruz s supporters are South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Dewhurst and Cruz meet Tuesday in a runoff election for the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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