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Ted Cruz is coming to Miami

@PatriciaMazzei

Ted Cruz is making good on his pledge to campaign in Florida.

The Republican presidential candidate will hold his first Miami campaign rally Wednesday at Miami Dade College. That's a day before the GOP debate at the University of Miami -- and a mere hours before rival Marco Rubio's rally in Hialeah.

Cruz had said he would "vigorously" contest Florida, even though he has yet to advertise in the state's 10 media markets ahead of next Tuesday's primary. His campaign opened 10 offices across Florida last week but they appeared thinly staffed early on. The Texas senator has held a single public event in Florida, in Orlando last November.

One of his allied super PACs, however, produced three ads hammering Rubio and plans to air them in Florida, according to Politico. And Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, will headline a campaign fundraiser Thursday in Miami. Whether all that will amount to a full-blown campaign considering hundreds of thousands of Republicans have already voted early remains to be seen.

Cruz hopes to turn the Republican primary into a two-man race between himself and Donald Trump, and has argued a vote for Rubio or the fourth candidate in the race, John Kasich, only benefits Trump. By competing in Florida, Cruz might help Trump knock Rubio out of the race -- a risky strategy since then Trump would win the state's coveted 99 nominating delegates.

Rubio has countered that a vote for Cruz is one for Trump, because the remaining primary calendar has fewer states like the ones Cruz has shown he can win.

An online invitation says Cruz's Wednesday rally will begin at 10 a.m. at Miami Dade College's Chapman Conference Center in downtown Miami.

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