Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCambridge Analytica whistleblower briefs House Dems After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Cruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump 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 John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to bankers: Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power 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 Antonio RubioLobbying world Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE by saying that Republicans should not support a candidate who supported amnesty. 
"Now we go on to South Carolina," Cruz told his fans.
"And, you know, Washington liberals may find South Carolina far less hospitable environs."