The Latest: Cruz to Trump: We are all in this together

The latest on the Republican presidential primary in Iowa, with the announcement of the candidates’ final numbers and more coverage at

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Ted Cruz says he’ll be in the race for president for as long as Donald Trump stays in the contest, and he’s taking his first jab at Trump on the campaign trail.

Cruz said Tuesday that he will be in Iowa for a third consecutive week, which is a good sign for the Cruz campaign.

“The Republican race is heating up again, and the Cruz team is working tirelessly to win the caucuses, including in Iowa,” Cruz campaign manager Rick Tyler said in a statement.

“The Cruz campaign is confident we will win the Iowa caucuses.”

Cruz is in a tight race against Trump in Iowa and has taken the first big shot in the past week, saying in a tweet Tuesday night that he “won’t be going to New Hampshire” for the first time since March 2016.

Cruz’s team says the Cruz and Trump campaigns are “trying to use the same playbook to avoid being called out.”

Cruz has been in Iowa since March, when he held a rally at Drake University in Des Moines.

Trump, who’s running for the Republican nomination for president, has a double-digit lead in Iowa polls heading into the Iowa caucus.

The real estate mogul is expected to win Iowa on Saturday night.___CNN Political Writer Brian Murphy contributed to this report.