Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, thanks his New Hampshire supporters, congratulates the winners and looks ahead to the South Carolina primary. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, thanked his supporters in New Hampshire, congratulated the winners of the first in the nation primary and looked ahead to the South Carolina primary. "Now we go on to South Carolina...and you know, Washington liberals may find South Carolina a far less hospitable environment, he said. "And the voters will have a choice, do we want a campaign conservative, someone who talks a good game but hasn't walked the walk, or do we want a consistent conservative with a proven record," Cruz said. "What an incredible, incredible evening," Cruz told supporters. "The votes are still being counted, and the exact results are unknown, but right now it appears that we are effectively tied for third in the state of New Hampshire," he said. A logjam of Republican candidates were in a dead heat for third place. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, had 12 percent; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who won the Iowa caucus last week, had 11 percent, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had 10 percent. "I want to congratulate Donald Trump on an impressive win tonight, and John Kasich had a good night too,' Cruz said. He said the real winner "is the conservative grass roots, who propelled us to an outright victory in Iowa and to a far stronger result and outcome in New Hampshire than anyone predicted." Cruz is fresh off a victory in Iowa, the first contest in the race for the nomination ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election. Cruz's campaign did not anticipate a win in New Hampshire. Recent Republican Iowa winners, including former Senator Rick Sanatorium in 2012 and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in 2008, had weak showings in their New Hampshire contests.