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Trump receives key endorsement from Sarah Palin

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has received a key endorsement from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin.

Trump's campaign said in a statement Tuesday that Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, was endorsing the billionaire businessman. Trump's campaign noted that he's "honoured" by the endorsement.

The endorsement comes less than two weeks before the critical lead-off Iowa caucuses, where Trump is locked in a dead heat with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Palin was a virtual newcomer to the national political arena when Senator John McCain named her as his running mate, but has since risen to prominence as one of the most outspoken conser-vatives in the party.

She signed on as a Fox News commentator after resigning as Alaska's governor in 2010, a job she held until last year.