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Cruz heads to tiny Iowa towns to complete 99-county trek

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RINGSTED, Iowa (AP) -

For Ted Cruz, the path to victory in Iowa doesn't run through Des Moines or other voter-rich parts of this sprawling, largely rural state.

Instead, it goes through out-of-the-way places like Ringsted, situated closer to the Minnesota border than to Des Moines.

Cruz was to begin his final 14-stop, four-day blitz toward Monday's caucuses with a visit Friday to the 3 Generations Bar & Grill in Ringsted.

It's part of his quest to complete what is known as the "full Grassley," a tour of all 99 Iowa counties done annually by longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Cruz says meeting with voters close to where they live is a winning strategy that sets him apart from rival Donald Trump, who flies in and out to hold large rallies that attract thousands.

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