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Cruz caps post-shutdown tour with wary Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Never mind that he lost.

Tea party Sen. Ted Cruz took nothing short of a victory lap in his state of Texas this week, appearing before wildly supportive crowds that overlooked the fact that the Republican who led the charge to kill money for President Barack Obama's health care law had failed.

Branstad and his allies in Iowa's GOP business establishment are trying to reclaim power in the state party from tea partyers, libertarians and social conservatives. It's a scene beginning to play out across the country, with veteran GOP luminaries now openly fearing that tea party stars like Cruz are costing Republicans the new voters they need to win again nationally.


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