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How Sarah Palin & the Tea Party Helped Ted Cruz Win in 2012

Clip: Season 2016 | 3m 4s

In the summer of 2012, Sarah Palin's endorsement helped fuel tea party-backed, first-time candidate Ted Cruz to an upset victory in the Republican Senate primary in Texas. Now 4 years later, Cruz is running a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and hoped to win Palin's endorsement again, but on Tuesday the 2008 Republican VP nominee announced her support of frontrunner Donald Trump.

Aired: 01/19/16

Rating: NR

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10 big stories Washington Week covered

Celebrating 50 Years

10 big stories Washington Week covered

Washington Week came on the air February 23, 1967. In the 50 years that followed, we covered a lot of history-making events. Read up on 10 of the biggest stories Washington Week covered in its first 50 years.

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