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Lansing — Republican presidential candidate and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is returning to Michigan to hold an Oct. 5 campaign rally in Kalamazoo.

Cruz’s campaign is planning a morning rally next Monday inside Kalamazoo’s Wings Event Center. The event will mark Cruz’s third campaign visit to Michigan and his second in the past month.

Cruz was a keynote speaker Sept. 19 at the Michigan Republican Party’s biennial leadership conference on Mackinac Island. Other speakers at the conference were former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Before speaking to a lunch crowd in the Grand Hotel, Cruz held an off-site rally in the gymnasium of Mackinac Island’s public school that drew at least 200 supporters.

Cruz finished fourth in a presidential straw poll of 785 Michigan Republicans who attended the three-day conference, drawing 13 percent of the vote.

Paul won the straw poll, which was sponsored by The Detroit News and Michigan Information & Research Service.

In June, Cruz spoke in Howell at a fundraiser for the Livingston County Republican Party.

Cruz’s Oct. 5 speech in Kalamazoo is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m., according to the Cruz campaign.

Online registration is requested but not required to attend the rally, according to the campaign.

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