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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t offer a confident response Sunday when asked if he was going to defeat Donald Trump in his own home state of Texas. When asked on Meet The Press by host Chuck Todd whether he was going to win Texas, Cruz responded with “I hope so.”
Worth noting, an internal campaign poll leaked to PPD last week showed Cruz trailing the national frontrunner in The Lone Star State by single digits. The interview comes after Cruz finished a disappointing third place in South Carolina. He did his best to put a spin on the fact he finished slightly behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and way behind Trump despite the electorate being nearly 7 in 10 evangelical Christians.
“In South Carolina we were effectively tied for second,” Cruz said later. “A week ago Donald was 20 points ahead, we closed that gap.”
Trump beat Cruz among white evangelicals by double-digits, carried the voter-rich religious Up-Country and took all 50 of the state’s delegates, though it wasn’t a winner-take-all primary.