Cruz wins statewide NC Tea Party Caucus

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocratic strategist warns Beto should be ‘careful’ with social media presence Hillary advisers battle over whether she’ll run in 2020 O'Rourke writes blog post describing a literal run from near the capitol to near the White House MORE (R-Texas) won this weekend’s North Carolina Tea Party Constitutional Caucus with 51-percent support in the statewide voting. 

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“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 CarsonDetroit school board considers dropping Ben Carson’s name from local high school Number of homeless vets declined in last year Overnight Energy: Chief energy regulator vows to steer clear of political fights | Zinke was referred to DOJ shortly before watchdog controversy | Groups threaten to sue EPA over paint stripper 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 TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' 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.