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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Cruz says party uniting behind his campaign

MILWAUKEE -- Ted Cruz tonight called his projected GOP primary victory in Wisconsin evidence the Republican Party is uniting behind his campaign.

Speaking at Serb Hall in Milwaukee, Cruz called it a bad day for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who was projected to lose Wisconsin to Bernie Sanders.

The Texas senator predicted he would win the Republican nomination either before or at the GOP convention in July, and he predicted victory over Clinton in fall. Cruz said his victory in Wisconsin shows his growing momentum in light of his recently capturing delegates in Utah, Colorado and North Dakota.

"Tonight, Wisconsin has lit a candle guiding the way forward," Cruz said to cheers from the crowd. "Tonight, we once again have hope for the future."

Cruz used the opportunity to take shots at Trump, saying the media three weeks ago said "Wisconsin was the perfect state for Donald Trump." That drew boos from the crowd.

But Cruz told the audience, which included Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP state legislators, the tide has turned in the GOP race for the nomination.

"Tonight is a turning point," Cruz said. "It is a rallying cry."

Ahead of Cruz taking the stage, Gov. Scott Walker called tonight's Wisconsin primary a "tremendous victory" for Cruz and a "turning point" in the election.

"We understand what it means to have principled, conservative leadership because we've done it in Wisconsin," said Walker, who endorsed Cruz.

"This victory is bigger than just Wisconsin," Walker said. "This is the night when we can look back and say that was the time that turned the tide of this election to bring Ted Cruz home to be the nominee of this party."

Cruz ended his 21-minute speech with a shout-out to Walker.

"And governor, I look forward to coming back to the state of Wisconsin this fall. And in November, for the first time since 1984, painting the Badger State bright Republican red," Cruz said.

"Hillary, here we come!"

 -- By Kay Nolan

Editor's note: This post has been updated with Walker comments.




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