Ted Cruz Touts Fundraising Prowess While Jeb Bush Huddles With Worried Donors

The two candidates with Lone Star state ties are competing for Texas donors.

— -- Over the past 48 hours, the state of Texas has played host to a tale of two presidential candidates.

“This is an important morning in the Republican presidential campaign,” Cruz said. “What we’re seeing happening in this race is very encouraging. We’re seeing conservatives uniting behind this campaign. We’re seeing Texans uniting behind this campaign.”

When pressed by reporters about the Bush family’s influence in Texas and whether it’s waning, Cruz stayed clear of saying anything negative about the Bush family.

“I think this state continues to respect the Bush family,” Cruz said. “I certainly do.”

Cruz later added, “I think at the same time Texans recognize circumstances have changed. Seven years of Barack Obama in Washington bankrupting our kids and grandkids.”

“We finished the last quarter reporting the most cash on hand of any Republican in the field,” Cruz said. “$13.8 million in the bank, $3.5 million more than the Jeb Bush campaign.”

“This is yet another indication of conservatives coming together and of Texans coming together,” Cruz said.

Those former Rick Perry donors include Darwin and Doug Deason of Deason Capital Services, Brint Ryan of Ryan Industries, Inc., Lee Roy who is the chairman of the board of Cinemark and Jim Lee of Ascendant Advisors.

Deason said in a statement that all three men concluded that Cruz has “the best chance of winning the Republican nomination and the general election next year.”

The Texas primary is part of the so called “SEC Primary,” when a collection of southern states will hold primaries on March 1. The SEC Primary is a key component of Cruz’s campaign strategy.