Cruz wins statewide NC Tea Party Caucus

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPartisan squabbles endanger congressional response to Trump's course on Syria Trump urged to hire chief strategist for impeachment fight The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans MORE (R-Texas) won this weekend’s North Carolina Tea Party Constitutional Caucus with 51-percent support in the statewide voting. 


“North Carolina is an important state for the Republican primary, and our campaign will continue to build our team in the Tar Heel state to ensure our campaign is competitive,” Cruz said in a statement Monday morning.

“The Tea Party will be instrumental in helping to organize and elect a strong constitutional conservative and I am honored to receive their support,” Cruz added.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson says political correctness will 'destroy our nation' when pressed on reported transgender remarks On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies Webb: My tribe is American MORE is the survey’s runner-up with 42.05 percent, organizers said.

No other GOP presidential contender reached the 1-percent mark among North Carolina’s Tea movement.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina ranks third in the vote, but only registered 0.77 percent.

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE remains the front-runner for next year’s Republican presidential nomination with 23.8 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of multiple national polls.

Cruz, meanwhile, ranks fourth out of 15 candidates with 8 percent voter support.