Cruz had 37 percent and Trump had 29 percent, with Marco Rubio placing third with 15 percent in the poll of Republican primary voters.
Ted Cruz came home Wednesday and found old friends eager to embrace him. In a video statement, Abbott endorsed Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. He is a strong leader in the state of Texas and has served Texans well during his time has Attorney General and as now as governor.
If Trump wasn't in the race, Richard's support would probably go to Cruz. "All of us are focusing on Texas". "They haven't alienated as numerous people they are trying to attract".
Trump's campaign officials typically don't comment on the size and scope of their voter turnout effort, and have not discussed whether Trump will visit North Texas. Cruz also has the backing of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and current Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, along with almost one-fourth of the Republicans representing Texas in Congress and about half of the Republicans in the state Legislature.
Drake University political science professor Dennis Goldford said, "Cruz believes that he can win the nomination and general election by running not from the center-right, but exclusively from the right, with a message that he's in Washington but not of Washington, willing to oppose politics as usual from both parties".
"One week from today will be the most important night of this campaign", he said soon after Trump was declared the victor.
Cruz had a significant lead over his opponents among voters with "some college", pulling 50 percent of those votes to 29 percent for Trump and 6 percent for Rubio.
Cruz also argued that he is the best candidate to champion conservative causes in the White House.
Last month, Cruz defied polls and placed first in Iowa but the Texas Senator has yet to duplicate that win in any other contest. But Cruz, at 33 percent, and Trump, at 32 percent, were in a virtual tie among female voters. Early voting began a week ago and continues through Friday. Bernie Sanders, leading 54-44 in the Democratic race.
Of the registered voters, Survey USA identified 1,293 as likely to vote in the 11/08/16 general election for president, 645 who had either already voted in the Texas Republican primary or were certain to do so on or before 03/01/16, and 569 who had either already voted in the Texas Democratic primary or were certain to do so on or before 03/01/16.
In Central Texas, which includes Austin, San Antonio, and 28 surrounding counties, the two candidates run effectively even.