Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering 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 TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE for "an impressive win."
 
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"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 RubioTrump must send Russia powerful message through tougher actions McCain, Coons immigration bill sparks Trump backlash Taking a strong stance to protect election integrity 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Stock slide bites boastful Trump, but rising wages great for GOP Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans 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."