Cruz: I'm the only one who can beat Trump

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Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzTed CruzCruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed Commerce official will hit critics of domain name transition The media is rigging the election by reporting WikiLeaks emails MORE says he is the only candidate who can block Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: 'I'm going to see how smart' voters are Are you racist? Let's look at your position on voter ID. Hillary Clinton will be a president for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders MORE from the GOP nomination.

“In many ways, this is becoming a two-person race between me and Donald Trump,” he said Wednesday on “The Mike Gallagher Show,” as first reported by BuzzFeed.

“I think Iowa and New Hampshire perform an incredible function in narrowing the field,” Cruz added.

“What Iowa and New Hampshire demonstrate is that the only person in this field who can beat Donald Trump is me. The other candidates are not able to beat Donald Trump.”

Cruz argued he is the only one in the race who can offer a conservative alternative to Trump.

“You can’t beat Donald coming from the left,” he told Gallagher. "If you campaign against Donald and say, ‘Hey, I’m more liberal than you, I’m more into amnesty than you, I’m going to be softer on radical Islamic terrorists than you,’ it doesn’t work.

“[It is] as we’ve seen twice now in Iowa and New Hampshire. We have to nominate the strongest proven conservative to win, beat [Democratic candidates] Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton will be a president for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders Texas poll: Trump holds narrow lead over Clinton Poll: Clinton has 4-point lead over Trump in Florida MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton: AT&T deal 'raises questions and concerns' A Berniecrat's Argument Against Jill Stein and For Hillary Clinton Trump and millennials: He might do better than we think MORE in November and turn this country around.”

Cruz added that his philosophy would attract the same alliance of voters that sent former President Reagan into the Oval Office with landslide voter support in 1980.

“I think we will continue to see the Reagan coalition coming together and coalescing behind our campaign as the only candidate who has been able to beat Donald Trump at the polls," he said. "We’re coming together to get back to the Constitution, kill the terrorists, repeal ObamaCare and defend the Constitution.”

Trump won Tuesday night’s GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire, with Cruz finishing in third behind John Kasich.

Cruz had won Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses last week, beating out Trump despite the businessman leading most pre-caucus polls.