Cruz wins big in Colorado shutout

Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzAll hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Equilibrium/Sustainability — Bald eagle comeback impacted by lead poison MORE has swept the Colorado GOP convention, winning all 13 of the state’s at-large delegates.

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And after also winning all 21 delegates awarded at the congressional district conventions throughout the week, the Texas senator leaves Colorado with a complete shutout of his opponents. 

In a statement Saturday night, Cruz said the win proves that Republicans are coming together behind him. 

"Today was another resounding victory for conservatives, Republicans, and Americans who care about the future of our country," Cruz said in the statement. "Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and tonight’s incredible results in Colorado have proven this: Republicans are uniting behind our campaign because they want a leader with real solutions who will bring back jobs, freedom, and security."

The victory offers a glimpse into the Cruz campaign's organizational advantages over GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE, who has struggled, facing staff tumult and reports of inadequate delegate preparation that kept some picks off the ballot. 

Speaking at the convention, Cruz touted his recent wins and the delegates he had already secured ahead of the event. 

"The credit for that goes to each and every one of you," Cruz said onstage at the state's convention Saturday. "In three weeks, in 10 elections in a row, we have beaten Donald Trump," Cruz said, referring to the multitiered process of electing delegates in Colorado.

Cruz's win comes as he seeks to gather enough delegates to force a contested national convention in July and continue momentum from Wisconsin.

Going into Saturday, Trump had 743 delegates to Cruz's 532, according to The Associated Press.