Cruz Receives Standing Ovation at ND GOP Convention That Will Select 25…

Source: AT | 4.3.2016 | Thomas Lufson

Ted Cruz was the only GOP presidential candidate who bothered to appear before the state convention in Fargo yesterday, and it appears that he wowed the crowd on the eve of delegate selection. Jeremy W. Peters of the New York Times reports:

North Dakota is not accustomed to being one of the way stations on the path to the White House. Given its meager number of delegates and its tiny, remote media markets, it is rare for a presidential campaign to give this state the time of day.

But here was Senator Ted Cruz on Saturday, addressing the state’s Republican convention and leading the crowd of several thousand to a standing ovation with a thunderous appeal to North Dakota’s sudden relevance. “It is entirely possible the men and women gathered here will decide this entire primary, will decide this nomination,” he said.

Mr. Cruz also dispatched Carly Fiorina, a former rival who has endorsed him, to warm up the crowd before he spoke. Ben Carson worked the convention floor on behalf of Donald J. Trump, shaking hands and posing for pictures. Gov. John Kasich of Ohio sent Gordon Humphrey, the former two-term Republican senator from New Hampshire, to do his bidding.

North Dakota’s delegates will officially be unbound, which makes it crucial for each candidate to identify and push for the selection of personally-committed political activists as delegates. Ad has been the pattern elsewhere, the Cruz campaign appears to have been far more methodical than its rivals at this sort of blocking and tackling.

I am familiar with the culture of North Dakota, which emphasizes niceness and cooperation (qualities Cruz is said to lack), but which also really, really appreciates favorable attention from national figures and national media.  The fact that Cruz has been on the ground personally and organizationally, counts for a lot.

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  • slhancock1948 #3688

    They can still be wooed by any incentive the other candidates want to offer, but I think his presence there spoke HIGHLY of his character and determination to win. I think that he will end up with most of these delegates in the end…maybe all of them. Who knows? ND is not one of the usual stops for politicians because it yields so few, but Cruz has said from the beginning that all Americans are important and it says a lot to appear in person. Kasich & Trump sent representatives.

    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

    Victoria #3708

    He works so hard to put together a plan and carry it out. Hopes he gets all those delegates.

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