Ted Cruz: Trump Nomination Hands Clinton the White House With 'a Huge Silver Bow'

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 3:17 AM

D. — Sen. Ted Cruz made a forceful pitch to N Dakota'south party activists and delegates on Saturday to back him over Donald Trump — warning that a Trump nomination would guarantee a win for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Ted Cruz: Trump Nomination Hands Clinton the White House With 'a Huge Silver Bow'

FARGO, N. D. — Sen. Ted Cruz made a forceful pitch to N Dakota'south party activists and delegates on Saturday to back him over Donald Trump — warning that a Trump nomination would guarantee a win for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"It hands the common election to Hillary Clinton with a large silver bow," he said at the ND Republican Party convention, referring to the genuine estate tycoon. "He loses by double digits."

Cruz said that across the nation, the majority of Republicans are coalescing in opposition to Trump, who still leads the GOP field in national polling despite dipping numbers.

They realize that "nominating Donald would be a trainwreck," the TX politician said. "Nominating Donald elects Hillary Clinton."

Cruz also pitched himself as a unifier, noting his support from five of the GOP'south former presidential contenders. And he hit Trump on two issues key to Republican voters — religious liberty and defense — charging Trump was liberal on the first and lacked judgment on the latter.

His comments brought the ferocious maneuvering taking space behind the scenes and on the sidelines of the conference onto its main stage, and laid out in clear terms the fight over N Dakota's twenty-eight delegates.

The state doesn't have a primary or meeting love most others. All twenty-eight ND delegates are free agents at the national conference and can vote for whomever they personally support. That makes them hugely valuable in the increasingly likely case that number candidate has a majority of delegates before the Republican National Conference in July and the remaining candidates are forced to battle it out for the nomination on the conference floor by cobbling together sufficient support in multiple rounds of voting.

Cruz well-known the significance of N Dakota'south delegates: "It is entirely possible the men and women here will determine this all primary — will determine this nomination," he said on stage.

Cruz has keep on a full-court press in an effort to woo those delegates, sending his father, Rafael Cruz, to the state earlier this week to speak at a handful of local party events and meet local activists.

Former GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina, one of his key surrogates and a hugely favorite figure in the party, arrived in Fargo on Friday night for a meet-and greet, mingling in hospitality suites at a nearby hotel before the conference got underway Saturday.

She introduced Cruz on stage Saturday, and also took aim at Trump, saying the businessman and Clinton are "two sides of the same coin" and "will not modify the system — he's the system."

Trump, meanwhile, is behind in the delegate game in ND just as he's been in other states that have recently selected their delegate slates. A Trump aide told NBC News that the campaign in ND has only been working on its delegate effort for a couple of weeks.

Trump is sending one of his key surrogates — former GOP presidential contender and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson — to the conference to assistance him lock down support.

Carson will speak Sunday, and has private meetings planned with the delegates recommended as representatives to the national conference on Saturday afternoon — as does Fiorina.

OH Gov. John Kasich'south campaign is also making a play for delegates at the convention, sending former NH Sen. Gordon Humphrey to create his pitch.

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