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Ted Cruz campaigns in Indianapolis hours before state primary

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Texas Senator Ted Cruz is fighting for his political future, in the Republican race for president.

He and his vice-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke at the fairgrounds Monday night at length, encouraging Hoosier voters to drum up last minute grassroots support to stop Donald Trump from clinching the nomination.

The Cruz campaign tells us 1,800 supporters were in attendance, as Cruz asked those people to go home and tell five other folks about his campaign to get them to the polls on Tuesday.

Cruz said he’s neck and neck with Donald Trump in Indiana, but polls continue to show Trump with a lead.

Political pundits say if Cruz doesn’t win in Indiana, he is done.

In a one-on-one interview with CBS4's Kendall Downing before Cruz took the stage, he wouldn’t say directly if a loss in Indiana means he is out of the presidential race.

“We are competing to the end. As long as there’s a viable path to victory, we are in this race,” Cruz said, “I have faith in Hoosiers. The entire country is depending on Indiana to pull us back from the brink. We are at the edge of making a decision that will haunt republicans.”

Cruz also downplayed any controversy over Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s announcement Friday that he would vote for Cruz. Political pundits suggested the announcement was a lukewarm endorsement, if that, as Pence stated he’d vote for Cruz, but then went on to commend Donald Trump.

“I take away that the media is really silly. Mike Pence enthusiastically and explicitly endorsed me,” said Cruz.

Pence campaigned with Cruz on Monday.

Cruz and Carly Fiorina will hold their election night watch party in Indianapolis at the Crowne Plaza downtown starting at 7 p.m.

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