Ted Cruz will speak at Georgia's GOP convention

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the third presidential candidate who plans to attend next week's Georgia Republican convention in Athens.

Cruz, who plans to speak at 7 p.m. on May 15, will cap a busy day of politicking for the delegates. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another potential White House hopeful, will speak at a breakfast that morning hosted by Secretary of State Brian Kemp. And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will talk to Republican delegates around 3 p.m. that day.

All three are expected to hold fundraisers in Atlanta during the day, giving GOP check-writers a run for their money.

Cruz has visited Georgia several times in the last year to cultivate support for his presidential bid, including a campaign swing for Gov. Nathan Deal and David Perdue days before the election. During one trip to a north Georgia church, he riled up the crowd with red-meat attacks on the Democratic candidates.

Two of his top allies also call Georgia their home: His former debate partner and top fundraiser David Panton, and Maria Strollo Zack, who leads the Stand for Principle super PAC supporting Cruz's candidacy.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.