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Ted Cruz wraps VA visit, offers Super Tuesday prediction

Published: Feb. 27, 2016 at 4:31 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2016 at 12:45 PM EST
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WWBT) - Sen. Ted Cruz told a sold-out crowd at Regent University the race for the White House will narrow to Trump and himself after Super Tuesday, even though Cruz currently polls in third place in Virginia.

"If we get to a head-to-head choice between Donald and a proven conservative, we will win," Cruz told Regent Chancellor Pat Robertson Friday. "And I believe Super Tuesday will set that up."

The University hosted Cruz two days after Trump took the same stage, when  Robertson spoke glowingly of Trump possibly moving into the White House.

"You inspire us all," Robertson told the billionaire businessman Wednesday.

But Cruz's parents volunteered on the televangelist's presidential campaign back in 1988, a fact Robertson hardly forgot.

"It shows how smart your family is," Robertson said with laughter from the audience.

Cruz touted his involvement in the landmark Second Amendment U.S. Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which affirmed an individual's right to bear arms. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion, with Cruz submitting an amicus curiae brief to the High Court.

The most emotional question of the night in the Q&A forum came from a member of the audience, who asked if Cruz would consider further action against Planned Parenthood if elected president.

"I don't think there's anything wonderful about Planned Parenthood," Cruz said. "And like anyone else, they would be prosecuted if they violated the law."

Cruz hopes to make the case to Virginia voters that only his campaign can beat Trump's. But he may not be able to diminish his deficit in just four days.

According to the latest state poll released by Christopher Newport University, Cruz comes in third place at 19 percentage points among likely Republican primary voters. Trump leads the GOP candidates at 28 percentage points.

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