Facing long odds in California, Cruz courts state's Republicans

Cruz speaks to members of the media and supporters during the California GOP convention in Burlingame, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein BURLINGAME, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz made a plea to the California Republican Party on Saturday to line up behind him in the state’s June primary in his uphill battle to stop front-runner Donald Trump from grabbing the nomination. At the same party convention that was the backdrop for chaotic protests against Trump on Friday, Cruz tried to woo party members with support for their long-time issues, such as lower taxes and a harder line on immigration. Former California Governor Pete Wilson gave Cruz his endorsement as he introduced the senator from Texas.

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