Texas Senator Ted Cruz recruiting Tennessee Tea Party activists to head his presidential primary effort in the volunteer state. Tullahoma Republican State Rep. Judd Matheny 1 of 9 state lawmakers endorsing his bid in next year’s primary contest. Cruz says at least 87 high-profile republican activists across the state have pledged support. Former Congressional Candidate and radio talk show host Steve Gill is supporting Cruz along with Jordan Philips, founder of the Tea Party Nation. Anti—government tea party leader Ben Cunningham is on board for Cruz along with former Rutherford County republican state Rep. Joe Carr. The latest national polls show Cruz in 4th place among GOP presidential hopefuls, trailing Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Florida senator Marco Rubio. Matheny’s 47th district includes Coffee County and part of Warren County.