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Ted Cruz lands mammoth book deal, just in time for 2016 election

Ted Cruz lands mammoth book deal, just in time for 2016 election
Sen. Ted Cruz signs an autograph on on Capitol Hill. It's being reported that soon he will sign a book deal with HarperCollins. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz will sign a mammoth book deal, the Associated Press reports, for a memoir/polemic to be published in advance of the 2016 election. The tea party favorite is rumored to have scored $1.5 million for the book.

Cruz's literary agent told the AP that the $1.5 million figure is "close" without going into further detail. The Washington Examiner reports that a number of publishers were bidding for the book, including newcomer Newsmax, which offered $1 million.

If the deal is for the full $1.5 million, that would make Cruz's book deal the most lucrative of recent conservative candidates. Sarah Palin's was the highest, which was $1.25 million.
Cruz has been a high-profile conservative in his first term in the U.S. Senate. His recent appearance at Conservative Political Action Conference positioned him -- and also Paul Ryan -- as possible 2016 presidential candidates.
Of the book deal, NPR notes,"A political memoir is something of a requisite for a presidential run."

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