Cruz to headline California GOP conclave ahead of primary

Apr 1, 2016 8:13 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ted Cruz will headline a California Republican Party convention next month, in advance of the state's potentially decisive presidential primary in June.

The speech on April 30 in Burlingame - just outside San Francisco - will give the Texas senator an opportunity to build support with the core of the state party membership as he attempts to slow front-runner Donald Trump.

Trump faces iffy odds of reaching the threshold for the party's nomination - 1,237 delegates - before the June 7 primaries, which also include New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota.

State party Vice Chairman Harmeet Dhillon says the convention will "help set the stage for a final GOP primary battle."

Cruz has established an extensive operation in California to line up delegates in the contest.

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