Tribpedia: Ted Cruz

Rafael Edward Cruz, more commonly known as Ted Cruz, is a lawyer and the junior U.S. senator from Texas. He succeeded U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who announced her retirement in 2011.

In his first year on the job — he was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013 — Cruz has established himself as a leader — ...

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Feb. 20, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Feb. 20, 2016.

For Cruz, Super Tuesday Stakes Reach New Heights

The stakes could not be higher for the junior U.S. senator from Texas as the March 1 primaries approach. Long a day on which his campaign hoped to make major progress, Super Tuesday is instead shaping up to be a potential do-or-die moment. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2015.

Greg Abbott Endorses Ted Cruz for President

Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed Ted Cruz for president, giving the U.S. senator more home-state support with just under a week until its primary.  

Ted Cruz takes the stage at an Election Night party in Columbia, S.C., following his third-place finish in the Feb. 20 GOP South Carolina primary.
Ted Cruz takes the stage at an Election Night party in Columbia, S.C., following his third-place finish in the Feb. 20 GOP South Carolina primary.

Cruz Finishes Third Behind Trump, Rubio in South Carolina

Ted Cruz on Saturday night placed third in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, narrowly trailing Marco Rubio for a disappointing finish in a state that seemed tailor-made for the U.S. senator from Texas. 

U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Ted Cruz campaigns in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 7, 2015.
U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Ted Cruz campaigns in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 7, 2015.

Cruz Betting Big on South Carolina's Upstate

In all, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has attended or held 16 events in Greenville, S.C. The only other campaign destination in that ballpark is Des Moines, where he attended at least 21 events during his 10-month courtship of Iowa. 

Ted Cruz speaks with Sean Hannity during a rally at the Sotille Theatre in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Feb 19, 2016, in preparation for the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday.
Ted Cruz speaks with Sean Hannity during a rally at the Sotille Theatre in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Feb 19, 2016, in preparation for the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday.

Signs of Weakness in Cruz Evangelical Support in South Carolina

Despite taking all the right positions and drawing the right endorsements, Ted Cruz has struggled to shore up the support of South Carolina's evangelical voters as strongly as many of his supporters had expected he would.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several campaign stops on Feb 8, 2016, one day before the New Hampshire primary, including the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, 251 in Manchester.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several campaign stops on Feb 8, 2016, one day before the New Hampshire primary, including the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, 251 in Manchester.

Pro-Cruz Super PAC Steps Up Efforts in Nevada

One of the main super PACs supporting Ted Cruz is stepping up its efforts in Nevada, launching a major TV ad buy and boosting its field operation with just over a week until the state's caucuses.