Cruz ascending in GOP

Tea party darling delivers prime-time speech

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“It just shows that it doesn’t’ matter what your heritage is, it matters what you believe in and how you relay that message in campaigning, and that’s why Ted Cruz won that election,” he said. “Ted Cruz just worked a little harder.”

If Mr. Cruz wins the general election he will be Texas’ first Hispanic senator. But other than repeatedly bringing up the story of his father’s immigration to the state from Cuba during stump speeches, the candidate’s ethnic heritage wasn’t much of a topic during the race.

“We don’t want to separate ourselves as Hispanic Republicans, African American Republicans — we’re not like that,” Mr. Hernandez said. “It’s [our] belief system that unifies us, not our ethnic background, not our heritage, not our surnames.”

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