Visits to Key Early States in the Pre-Campaign Period


updated only through Nov. 4, 2014...for more recent visits see respective state pages
Iowa: 7 visits, 8 days
>Sen. Ted Cruz, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal, headlined Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's 14th Annual Fall Family Banquet at the Knapp Learning Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on September 27, 2014.

>Sen. Ted Cruz visited Iowa on August 9, 2014.  He attended the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, including having a pork chop on a stick, casting his kernal for Joni Ernst, viewing the butter cow, stopping by the Iowa GOP booth, speaking from the DMR Soapbox at 1 p.m., and leaving with a turkey leg; and he spoke at the FAMiLY Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames [transcript].

>Sen. Ted Cruz appeared at a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and at the annual summer party at Iowa Board of Regents president and agricultural entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter's property in Hubbard (Hardin County), Iowa on August 2, 2014.  (Sens. Rubio and Johnson-WI also present)

>Sen. Ted Cruz visited Iowa on March 18, 2014.  He was the featured speaker at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators' Homeschool Day at the Marriott in Des Moines (-); and spoke at a Cerro Gordo Republicans dessert reception fundraiser at Music Man Square in Mason City.

>Sen Ted Cruz visited Iowa on October 25-26, 2013.  On the evening of October 25 he headlined the Republican Party of Iowa's annual Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines (-).  On October 26 he joined U.S. Rep. Steve King for his annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge north of Akron and the subsequent Defenders of Freedom event at the Le Mars Convention Center in Le Mars.

>Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa on August 10, 2013 (former Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Donald Trump also spoke).  As reported by Jason Noble at Iowa Politics, Cruz had been "scheduled to meet top Republican donors and activists" at the Iowa State Fair before his appearance but that did not happen as his flight was delayed.

>Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa's Summer Picnic and Luncheon fundraiser at GOP headquarters and at the American Renewal Project's "Pastors and Pews" (closed event) in Des Moines, Iowa on July 19 2013.

New Hampshire: 4 visits, 6 days
>Sen. Ted Cruz visited NH on September 6-7, 2014.  He spoke at the Hillsborough County Republican Committee primary gala at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua on the evening of September 6.  On September 7 he did a meet and greet for the NHGOP at 60 Rogers St, in Manchester; made an unannounced stop at the Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester; did a meet and greet for the NHGOP at 10 Water St. in Concord; and in the early afternoon was the special guest at a pre-primary victory rally in support of 2nd CD congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia at Nashua City Hall in Nashua.

>Sen. Ted Cruz visited NH on April 26-27, 2014.  On April 26 he was the keynote speaker at the Carroll County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett.  On April 27, as reported by's John DiStaso, he met with former Gov. John Sununu at his home for a "friendly talk," and he spoke at a fundraising reception for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire in Rye.

>Sen. Ted Cruz visited NH on April 12, 2014.  He appeared at a NHGOP Day of Action rally in the Nashua City Hall back parking lot in Nashua; at a NHGOP Day of Action rally in the Livingston Park pool parking lot in Manchester; and addressed the "Freedom Summit" at The Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester.

>Sen. Ted Cruz headlined a fundraiser for the NHGOP at Knollwood Farm (home of Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone) in Dublin, NH on the evening August 23, 2013.

South Carolina: 5 visits, 6 days

>Sen. Ted Cruz visited SC on October  11-12, 2014.  On October 11 he did a roundtable at a "Bridging the Gap" forum organized by The Palladium Group (a Spartanburg consulting firm founded by Karen Floyd) at the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus in Spartanburg; and attended an Alan Wilson for Attorney General tailgate meet and greet next to Memorial Stadium at Clemson University in Clemson.  Mid-afternoon on October 12 he attended an ice cream social hosted by the Spartanburg and Greenville Republican parties at the River Falls Plantation Golf Clubhouse in Duncan

>Sen. Ted Cruz made a retail stop at The Beacon Restaurant in Spartanburg; and he headlined a Victory lunch for the South Carolina Republican Party at Seawell's in Columbia, SC on September 15, 2014.

>Sen. Ted Cruz keynoted the Free Enterprise Foundation's 8th annual awards banquet in at the Holliday Alumni Center at The Citadel in Charleston, SC on April 15, 2014Politico's Manu Raju reported that afterwards Cruz "met with a group of event organizers and area Republicans at a Marriott Hotel bar booth."  (The Free Enterprise Foundation is "a non-profit, independent research institution headquartered at The Citadel").

>Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to an audience of pastors at the South Carolina Renewal Project (David Lane) in Columbia, SC on November 5, 2013.

>Sen. Ted Cruz was the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Republican Party's 46th Silver Elephant Banquet at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC on the evening of May 3, 2013.

  this page last revised Nov. 11, 2014