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Cruz picks up some Paul supporters

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has won over five state representatives who were part of Rand Paul’s New Hampshire leadership team.

Paul, who ended his campaign last week, had amassed a large coalition of liberty Republicans and conservative activists who are now migrating to other candidates ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

The six state lawmakers endorsing Cruz are: Rep. Max Abramson of Seabrook, Rep. Eric Eastman of Nashua, Rep. Harold French of Franklin, Rep. Larry Gagne of Manchester, and Rep. Mark McLean of Manchester.

“I am thrilled to announce such an outstanding group of leaders committed to the cause of liberty and the Constitution,” Cruz said in a statement. “They join an impressive group of Liberty Leaders for Cruz that our campaign has assembled across the country.”

(This article was updated to remove state Rep. J.R. Hoell's name as an official endorsement. The Dunbarton Republican said he supports Cruz on the Second Amendment, but is not officially endorsing the Texas senator based on his foreign policy views.)

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