DES MOINES, Iowa (KXAN) – Monday is the much anticipated Iowa caucuses, where New York billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are tangling. Many Texans have traveled to the snowy corn state to help Cruz out.
He’s known as the most powerful man in Texas, but today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is in Iowa, before the caucus. He works the phones like any of the other volunteers at Cruz Iowa Headquarters
“The conservative fervor has hit because people have been waiting for a conservative leader,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Patrick is the chair of the Cruz Texas campaign, he’s hoping to convince Iowans Cruz should survive until Texans get a shot to vote March 1. “If you look at the ground game, Ted is here, and whoever is second is way down here. You have 10 candidates in the race, 10 or 12, however many are left. If you went to their headquarters tonight you might see two people, literally, four people,” said Patrick.
Patrick leads hundreds of volunteers from Texas, including 13-year old Alexandra from Lubbock. “Made the second highest number of calls yesterday, 833,” said Patrick, pointing at Alexandra.
The Cruz campaign in Iowa has 1,800 volunteers on the ground in the final stretch. 260 precinct chairs and co-chairs for the 99 counties of Iowa. Volunteers make 25,000 calls a day and average knocking on 2,500 doors a day.
In the big picture, this race shows the split between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party and hundreds of Texans, and the Lt. Governor hope their Tea Party side prevails.
“We have not had an authentic conservative in the white house since Ronald Reagan,” said Patrick.
- KXAN’s Phil Prazan and Robert Hadlock will be reporting on the final stretch to the Iowa Caucus on Monday.
Also on the trail for Senator Ted Cruz is :
-Former Texas Governor Rick Perry
-State Senator Brandon Creighton
-State Senator Connie Burton
-State Senator Brian Birdwell
-State Representative “Doc” Anderson
-US Representative Louie Gohmert