DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ted Cruz climbed in the Republican ranks by meeting one-on-one with voters in every corner of our state. It was that effort he credits for the win.
There's no denying it, Ted Cruz has a strong following in Iowa.
“I caucused for him and I spoke for him tonight at our caucus. He is amazing, he is rock solid and he is the man,” Steve Boggess said.
“It`s exciting and it`s awesome, I just wanted to come and see an after-party,” Emilie Hussey said. “I like Ted Cruz a lot and I just wanted to come and see what it was all about.”
Cruz made Iowa a priority early on and it paid off.
“This campaign has been a movement from millions of Americans from across this country to organize and to rally to come together, Cruz said after winning the Iowa Republican caucuses. “Whatever Washington says, they cannot keep the people down.”
Cruz focused his campaign strategy on connecting with Iowans by visiting all of Iowa’s 99 counties where he held events and answered questions from voters.
It was that personal approach that first caught the eye of, now Cruz volunteer, Richard Heizer.
“He`s true to his word, very unique in politics,” Heizer said. “That`s the reason we`re here. This is the first time we`ve ever done this, never did this for any candidate.”
Heizer came up from Texas and joined the 12,000 other volunteers in Iowa who did everything from make calls to going door to door. Heizer credits Cruz’s ground game as the reason he won.
“He is very personable as well and he will stand up and answer the questions of the people," Heizer said.
Cruz recognized the success his campaign has by their boots on the ground approach.
“Tonight is a victory for the grassroots," Cruz said.
Cruz supporters say this is only the beginning and they'll continue to do what they can to build on the forward momentum of a caucus win.
“It`s huge, it`s awesome and it`s the first step that he needed,” Boggess said. “It`s going to be a springboard for the rest of his campaign. It`s going to be great for him.”