Ted CruzTed CruzThe 'Overton Window' and how Trump won the nomination with it Judge rejects attempt to stop internet oversight transfer Tech groups file court brief opposing internet transition suit 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 TrumpClinton camp on leaked audio: She's fighting for millennials WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks to supporters in Pennsylvania Trump to attack Clinton for past comments about Sanders supporters 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 RubioWar over the estate tax returns Clinton’s strategy: Get under Trump’s skin Rubio, Heck help out at car crash scene 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 SandersClinton camp on leaked audio: She's fighting for millennials WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks to supporters in Pennsylvania Trump to attack Clinton for past comments about Sanders supporters 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."