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It was supposed to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's political coming-out party, but drama with Ted Cruz largely overshadowed his moment at the Republican National Convention.

The crowd quickly turned on Cruz on Wednesday night after he refused to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The Texas senator and Republican primary runner-up was initially met with a warm reception, holding the crowd in the palm of his hand as he told emotional stories about the recent police shootings in Dallas and how America had to defend the Constitution and the freedoms of speech and religion.

Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan to Address Texas Delegation in Cleveland

Jul 15, 2016
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan are among those speaking to the Texas delegation next week at the Republican National Convention, according to a tentative schedule obtained by The Texas Tribune.

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The theme of the Texas GOP Convention, which ended Saturday in Dallas, was “Unite to Win.”  But loyal Republicans gathered there didn’t appear to be ready to unite behind the anticipated party nominee, Donald Trump.  It’s another sign of how fractured the party is in Texas and beyond. 



In the Texas GOP Presidential Primary this past March, 44 percent voted for Texas’ Junior Senator Ted Cruz.   Donald Trump captured just 27 percent of the vote.


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Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.  But many Texas Republicans remain divided on whether to unite behind Trump and the state Republican Party is doing everything it can to convince dissidents to support Trump just a week before the party’s state convention.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated.

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Tuesday ended his campaign for the presidency after suffering a devastating loss to front runner Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.

“I said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory," the Texas senator told supporters here, spawning some pained shouts of "No!" "Tonight I am sorry to say that it appears that path has foreclosed.”