Cruz looks to replicate Iowa ground game in South Carolina
By The Associated Press
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -
For months, Ted Cruz's campaign has touted an expensive and sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation as its antidote to Donald Trump's broad populist appeal.
It worked in Iowa. But Saturday's South Carolina primary will be a tougher test for the Texas senator. And it could shape the race between the anti-establishment rivals as the GOP contest heads toward delegate-rich March voting states.
Unlike in Iowa, where Trump and Cruz were locked in a tight battle heading into the caucuses, the billionaire businessman has held a big lead in South Carolina for months. At least four times as many Republicans are expected to vote in the first-in-the-South primary as in Iowa, where the tiny electorate and caucus-style contest made campaign organization paramount.