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Sen. Ted Cruz rallies Utahns to vote for Chris Herrod, 'a true conservative'

Sen. Ted Cruz rallies Utahns to vote for Chris Herrod, 'a true conservative'

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)


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LEHI — In a rally in one of the most Republican counties in the nation, former GOP presidential candidate and sitting Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, urged Utahns Saturday to support former state representative Chris Herrod's bid for Congress.

Cruz, who won 69 percent of Utah Republicans' votes in last year's presidential primary election, received a roaring welcome at the campaign rally held at the Lehi headquarters of Entrata, a property management software company.

Cruz said he took time away from his family this weekend to campaign for Herrod, whom he described as "a true conservative."

He urged every supporter to leave the campaign event and call nine people to urge them to likewise support Herrod, who helped lead Cruz's presidential campaign in Utah.

"Special elections are all about turnout," Cruz said.

The repeal of Obamacare is one of the most important issues leading the nation, Cruz said, explaining that the election in Utah is of national significance.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, campaigns for Chris Herrod in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District race in Lehi on Saturday, July 29, 2017. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, campaigns for Chris Herrod in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District race in Lehi on Saturday, July 29, 2017. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

"If you want to repeal Obamacare, you need to elect Chris Herrod," he said.

A small group of protestors, who apparently took exception to Cruz's recent vote to repeal Obamacare, interrupted Cruz's presentation by repeatedly yelling, "Shame on you." They were swiftly escorted out of the room.

Cruz said it was one of the things he loves about Utah, even protesters are polite.

"Elections matter," Cruz said. The evidence of that? "It is July 2017 and Hillary Clinton is not president."

Other evidence? "Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court," he said.

Herrod is one of three Republicans vying for the seat vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. His GOP challengers include Alpine lawyer Tanner Ainge and Provo Mayor John Curtis. A primary election is set for Aug. 15.

Democrat Kathie Allen, a family physician, is also seeking the post.

This story will be updated.

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