Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz makes a final flurry of campaign appearances to woo voters before the Iowa caucuses get underway. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, locked in a tight race in Iowa, urged his supporters to give him the first victory of the 2016 campaign at Monday (February 1) night's caucus. Cruz, the Texas senator, is among the 10 Republicans and three Democrats campaigning in Iowa for their parties' nominations, but much of the focus is on the fight between Cruz and New York businessman Donald Trump. The influential Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll released on Saturday showed a tight race, with Trump receiving 28 percent of the support of likely Iowa caucus-goers and Cruz 23 percent. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was overwhelmingly the third choice, at 15 percent. Iowa will set the tone in the race for the Nov. 8 election, offering the first measure of the strength of outsider candidates like billionaire businessman Trump. On Monday, Cruz told supporters that he believes the actions of President Barack Obama will trigger a backlash that will produce a resurgence in the Republican party.