Ted Cruz had his “moment” during the last Republican debate. After blasting CNBC moderators the Cruz campaign raised $1.1 million in the 24 hours that followed. He ended the last fundraising period with more campaign cash on hand than any other candidate. Cruz hopes to build on that momentum going forward. A new advertisement for Republican presidential candidate highlights Cruz’ epic woodshedding of the leftist media for its bias on display during the CNBC GOP Presidential Debate.
Ben Carson and Donald Trump have lead in Iowa polls of late, but an endorsement to any of the other candidates will give them a fresh chance to make a mark.
His fights with Republican leaders in Washington have made him a well-known figure among conservatives frustrated with the party establishment. With the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses approaching, Cruz aides say they see an opportunity to form a coalition of tea party supporters, evangelicals and libertarians.
Christian conservative leaders have been split between Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Carson, who has not made much noise within the two Iowans’ circles despite leading the field in recent state polls
“How about this time we nominate as Republicans a candidate as committed to conservative principles as Barack Obama is to liberal principles?” Cruz said Saturday during a Republican forum in Des Moines.
Still Cruz as an uphill battle to reach the top of the GOP ladder. Not only will he have to overcome Trump and Carson, but new establishment favorite Marco Rubio seems to be gaining some traction as well after a strong debate performance and a verbal beat down of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It’s going to be a matter of attrition for middle of the pack candidates like Cruz. Where will the supporters go to when their candidates drop out of the race. While Bush claims that he is in the campaign for the long haul, it would take and miraculous type of come back for him to remain relevant in 2016. Those Bush supporters could go a long way towards determining who the 2016 Republican candidate will be.