Super Tuesday on the ground in Texas

  • John Evans of Kingwood, Texas arrives at Ted Cruz’s election watch party at the Redneck Country Club dressed as Uncle Sam on Super Tuesday, left. On the right, signs adorn a patch of grass outside a polling location at the Harris County Annex in Houston on Super Tuesday.
  • On the left, Mary Parker Marcus, who works with the Conservative Campaign Committee PAC supporting Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential bid, holds a banner and a flag in the lobby of Houston Baptist University on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries. Right, supporters of Senator Ted Cruz wait to greet the candidate moments after he finished delivering remarks at Gilley’s Club in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Supporters of Senator Ted Cruz wait outside Houston Baptist University on the evening before Super Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2016.
  • On the left, supporters and attendees wait in an auditorium before Senator Ted Cruz delivers remarks at Houston Baptist University on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries. On the right, Lynda Bauer, a supporter of Senator Ted Cruz from Dallas, Texas, listens as Cruz delivers remarks at Gilley’s Club on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Jess, a young Cruz supporter, holds a poster at Houston Baptist University before Senator Ted Cruz delivered remarks, Feb. 29, 2016. On the right, Official Ted Cruz pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions are arranged on a volunteer sign-up table at Houston Baptist University before the Super Tuesday primaries.
  • Satellite trucks are parked outside of Houston Baptist University before Senator Ted Cruz’s arrival on the night before the Super Tuesday primaries. On the right, a woman wears star-spangled All Stars and a Republican patterned skirt in the auditorium of Houston Baptist University before Senator Ted Cruz’s address.
  • Joelle and Josh Posten, of Houston, Texas listen as former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a rally for Senator Ted Cruz at Houston Baptist University on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries. On the right, Ted Cruz for President Campaign Headquarters is on the 7th floor of this building, 24 Greenway Plaza, in Houston.
  • Jacob Connor and John Leverkuhn cheer after the the National Anthem before Senator Ted Cruz delivers remarks at Houston Baptist University on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries.
  • A yard sign in Waco, Texas on Monday afternoon, the day before Texans vote on Super Tuesday. On the right, Ted Dudek, a supporter of Ted Cruz from Houston, waits in the auditorium at Houston Baptist University for Senator Ted Cruz to deliver remarks on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries.
  • Senator Ted Cruz comes out to speak at Houston Baptist University on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries. On the right, one of the volunteers for his presidential campaign waits to meet him at an event at Gilley’s Club in Dallas Texas on Monday morning, the day before Super Tuesday. 
  • Laurie Haugham of Sugarland, Texas speaks with other supporters of  Senator Ted Cruz after he delivered remarks at Houston Baptist University on the evening before the Super Tuesday primaries.
  • Jylise Smith of Houston, Texas holds up a sign supporting Brandon Dudley outside of the Metropolitan Multi Service Center polling place in Houston, Texas, where Ted Cruz voted on Super Tuesday. On the right, Ted Cruz speaks with supporters after campaigning in Dallas on Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Francisco Valle of Houston, Texas held signs critical of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump outside the Metropolitan Multi Service Center polling place in Houston, Texas on Super Tuesday.

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In contests of sheer size, Texas has been known to be competitive. A fight to influence presidential nominees is no exception. Early voting concluded on Friday with 1.1 million Texans showing up to the polls, and on Super Tuesday, turnout expectations are sky-high, especially for Republicans. Why? Native son Ted Cruz. The Houston senator is determined to win his home state and collect as many of its 155 Republican delegates as he can. Front-runner Donald Trump seems poised to sweep the other 11 states, but a victory in Texas, both real and symbolic, might just be enough to sustain Cruz for the uphill battle ahead. 

On the Democratic side, the stakes are also high. Hillary Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders in Texas, one of the biggest Super Tuesday states, by 30 points. If this margin holds, Clinton won’t just win. She’ll scoop up a delegate haul larger than the next two states combined. 

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