“We are blessed with a deep, talented, honorable field,” Cruz said on Tuesday night in Texas. “For the candidates who have not yet won a state, who have not racked up significant delegates, I ask you to prayerfully consider our coming together. Uniting. We welcome you on our team united as one.”
For his part, Trump appeared to be more gracious in his own remarks in Florida earlier in the evening, congratulating Cruz on winning Texas.
“I want to congratulate Ted on the winning of Texas,” Trump said. “I know how hard he worked, actually. So I congratulate Ted Cruz on that win. That was an excellent win."
Loud cheering and thunderous applause greeted the Texas senator tonight.
Cruz labeled his victories in Oklahoma and Texas as a central turning point for his campaign.
"We began with 17 Republican candidates. Through the first four states, the race narrowed considerably,” he said. “Tonight was another decision point, and the voters have spoken."