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Fri Sep 4, 2015, 01:26 AM

Cruz Opens Texas Swing With Warning for Rivals

FORT WORTH — Ted Cruz opened a daylong swing through his home state Thursday with a warning for other presidential candidates looking to make Texas part of their campaign calculus.

"We’ve got a tremendous base of support here, and so they may discover a difficult path," the Republican U.S. senator told reporters before a raucous rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

All but a few of the 17 GOP hopefuls have visited Texas this summer, hoping to take advantage of its expanded influence in the 2016 nominating process. As Cruz spoke, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was crisscrossing the state for a series of fundraisers, part of a three-day trip to Texas with public events in Dallas, San Antonio and Midland.

While many candidates have turned to the state to fill their campaign coffers, their "fundraising has not yielded a whole lot of results," Cruz said. He went on to repeat his increasingly common boast that his campaign has reported raising nearly six times the amount of money from Texas than the campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/09/03/cruz-opens-texas-swing-warning-rivals/

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