LEBANON, Ind. (April 23, 2016) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is promising to be a familiar face in Indiana ahead of the May 3 primary.
“Indiana’s a battleground,” Cruz said Saturday in Plainfield. “It is a battleground. It is neck-and-neck between Donald Trump and me. Indiana’s voice is going to be heard on a national stage.”
Cruz is spending the weekend campaigning across Indiana. He held events in Plainfield and Lebanon Saturday and has events scheduled in Terre Haute and Evansville Sunday.
“God bless you,” he told a supporter outside the Oasis Café in Plainfield. “Thank you for being here.”
In the world of presidential politics, Indiana’s primary rarely matters.
This year, though in the race for the Republican nomination, it could me make-or-break on whether a contested convention lies ahead.
Cruz could face an uphill battle in Indiana.
A new FOX News poll shows Cruz trailing Donald Trump 41 to 33 percent among likely Republican voters in Indiana.
“We’re trying to listen to all the candidates and see what it is they want to do,” Billie Sagers said, who attended Cruz’s event in Plainfield.
Voters like Sagers is why Cruz will spend so much time in Indiana.
Saturday night he rallied supporters at the Boone County Fairgrounds, taking direct aim at Trump.
“Let me be very clear to the men and women of Indiana,” he said. “I will not compromise away your religious liberty.”
Cruz not only has to woo Indiana voters, but the state’s GOP delegates as well.
“We do want to support Ted so we can get him to the convention and let it be decided there,” David Sagers said, who attended the Plainfield event.
A pro-Cruz super PAC, Trusted Leadership PAC, has announced it plans to spend $1.6 million in Indiana, $1.3 million of that on television ads.
Cruz this weekend pledged to Hoosier voters his time.
“If you wanted to be elected president, you have to show the humility to ask for the vote,” he said. “Look people in the eye, shake their hands, answer their questions.”