HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz made a stop in the Midstate Wednesday to grow support after disappointing primary results from New York.
Cruz received only 14 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s New York Republican presidential primary. Donald Trump gained 89 delegates, Ohio Governor John Kasich added on three delegates, and the race for three other delegates is still too close to call.
“The reason Donald is so scared is the last three weeks, and in particular, the win in Wisconsin, put the nail in the coffin and made clear Donald doesn’t get to 1,237 delegates,” Cruz said. “He knows that, which means this race is headed to Cleveland. It’s headed to a contested convention.”
Hundreds of people lined the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey and then cheered as Cruz outlined his goals for the nation.
“We’re going to repeal ObamaCare, pass a flat tax, reign in the regulators, and stop amnesty. That’s going to create millions and millions of new jobs, bring manufacturing jobs back to America, and raise wages,” Cruz said.
Carly Fiorina, a former Republican presidential candidate, is on the campaign trail with Cruz.
“Everything is at stake here, so who’s a constitutional conservative? Who is it whom is a fearless fighter?” Fiorina said. “I did what you’re going to do on Tuesday, and what you’re going to tell all your friends and colleagues, and those you work and worship with to do. I checked the box for Ted Cruz.”
Cruz suffered a blow during the New York primary, with Republican front-runner Donald Trump dominating in his home state. Cruz pointed out his own recent wins in five states.
“Donald won his home state to the surprise of nobody,” Cruz said. “Everyone knew Donald was going to win his home state, and if you look at the frenzied panic, that he wants the race to suddenly be over now that he’s won his home state, it shows why Donald is scared.”
Cruz told a packed room of supporters in Hershey he’s not worried and he believes this race is far from over.
“We want real solutions to bringing jobs back to America. My top priority as president is jobs and economic growth, and I believe in Cleveland we will earn the support of a majority of those delegates elected by the people, and then that same spirit of unity will take us to victory in November beating Hillary Clinton,” he said.
“While Donald Trump wants this election to be over, it’s not over. It’s not over by a long shot,” Fiorina said. “The people of Pennsylvania have a really important choice and a really important role in a presidential primary, which hasn’t happened to the state of Pennsylvania in a long time.”