Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTHE MEMO: Frustrated Trump looks to turn it around Trump: 'No doubt' we'll make a deal on healthcare Wounded Ryan faces new battle MORE (R-Texas) in a private call on Thursday said the GOP race for the White House will probably be decided by March.
Cruz told campaign volunteers on an end-of-the-year conference call to be ready for a month of attacks, predicting a brutal January, according to CNN.
Cruz is seen as a favorite for the GOP nomination and is leading polls in Iowa.
Nationally, however, he trails GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTHE MEMO: Frustrated Trump looks to turn it around Manafort-linked accounts on Cyprus probed: report Republican failure MORE, who is also ahead of Cruz in polls of New Hampshire and other states.
Cruz has been enjoying a spike in the polls while garnering critical endorsements and donors to aid his bid.
He was the first to announce his fourth-quarter fundraising haul, raising nearly $20 million in the last three months of 2015.
The Texas senator has been consolidating evangelical support and securing key endorsements from social conservatives in the first-in-the-nation caucuses state. Iowa voters will head to the polls on Feb. 1.
Cruz is also working to secure a strong placement during Super Tuesday on March 1, when a number of Southern states host contests.
The conservative firebrand also touted the recent flurry of attacks from his GOP rivals: "If we were sitting here on Dec. 31 and no one was attacking us, or looking to be attacking us, I would be deeply, deeply concerned," Cruz said.
Cruz has avoided going negative against Trump, but the Texas senator’s political director, Mark Campbell, said that the GOP establishment is warming up to Cruz and “coming to us as an alternative to Donald Trump.”