Ted CruzTed Cruz56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Is Georgia turning blue? Five takeaways from money race 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 TrumpOhio GOP chairman will vote Trump: report Report: Trump made ‘Apprentice’ staff work through Superstorm Sandy aftermath Obama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck 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 Rubio56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race New York Times endorses Rubio's rival Rubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump 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 SandersTrump: Podesta a 'nasty guy' Sanders’ brother loses British parliamentary election America’s Eastern European mess 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."