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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Wednesday threw her support behind Ted Cruz, saying the U.S. senator from Texas was the only candidate left who could topple front-runner Donald Trump and take the White House from Democrats.

“The only guy who can beat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz,” Fiorina said at a rally for Cruz in Miami.

(Reporting by Washington newsroom; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina listens to a question at the New Hampshire GOP’s FITN Presidential town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire in this January 23, 2016, file photo. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm/Files

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In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

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