Ted CruzTed CruzTrump clinches GOP nomination Eleven states sue Obama over transgender bathroom directive Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Wisconsin by double digits MORE says his third place finish in New Hampshire’s GOP presidential primary was a victory for the conservative grass roots and a result that proved the media wrong.
"The real winner is the conservative grass roots, who propelled us to an outright victory in Iowa and to a far stronger result and outcome in New Hampshire than anyone had predicted," the Texas senator told supporters Tuesday night after congratulating Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump to attend Memorial Day biker rally Sanders aide: Easier for Dems to unify if Wasserman Schultz steps down Clinton fundraises on news that Trump has clinched nomination MORE for "an impressive win."
"That was the result that all of us were told was impossible," Cruz said.
"Once again, the talking heads and the Washington insiders were confident that our wave of support would break against the rock of the Granite State. That a conservative, we were told, could not do well in the state of New Hampshire."
Without referring to his competitors by name, Cruz attacked Marco RubioMarco RubioRNC official defends Susana Martinez after Trump criticism GOP Senate hopeful wants to go beyond Trump's Muslim ban Trump clinches GOP nomination MORE by saying that Republicans should not support a candidate who supported amnesty.
He then went after Trump by saying they should not back somebody whose position on Obamacare was close to that of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders aide: Easier for Dems to unify if Wasserman Schultz steps down Clinton wins Kentucky primary recanvass Aide: Trump 'happy' to debate Sanders MORE.
"Now we go on to South Carolina," Cruz told his fans.
"And, you know, Washington liberals may find South Carolina far less hospitable environs."