GOP candidate Ted Cruz speaks at Indiana GOP Spring Dinner

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 21, 2016) – Hoosiers had another chance to see a Republican presidential candidate in Indianapolis Thursday.

Sen. Ted Cruz stepped up his presence in Indiana ahead of the May 3 primary with his first visit to the Circle City.

Thursday's visit comes just one day after Donald Trump’s rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and it makes him the second of three Republican presidential candidates to visit the Hoosier state.

From the moment Cruz hit the ground in the Hoosier state he was vying for every vote; shaking hands, even picking up sandwiches at Shapiro’s Deli in downtown Indianapolis. Cruz, realizing Indiana’s 57 republican delegates will be critical in his fight against GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

“The state of Indiana is going to play a pivotal role in this election. The entire country, their eyes are on the state of Indiana; the men and women in this room,” said Cruz Thursday.

Cruz spoke to the crowd at the annual State GOP Spring dinner. It was a room filled with a who’s who of Indiana republicans.

“Heidi and I are going to spend a lot of time here in Indiana, working to earn your votes; barnstorming the state, holding town halls, holding rallies, asking for your support,” he said.

“I was honored that he would take time to come and sit down at the Governor’s residence with me,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Cruz got a little one on one time with Pence at the Governor’s mansion, before the pair headed together to the state dinner.

“I have not endorsed a candidate up to this point but I haven’t ruled out weighing in if I feel strongly about it, but look I am absolutely committed to the republican nominee for president,” said the Governor when asked if he would be making an endorsement.

Cruz's wife Heidi also visited the Hoosier state Thursday at a meet-and-greet at the Morgan County Cruz campaign office in Martinsville at 1:45 p.m.

Next week, republican presidential hopeful, Ohio Governor John Kasich will be in Indiana. He’s scheduled to hold a town hall style meeting in Noblesville on Tuesday and spend a little one on one time with the Governor.

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