Heidi Cruz campaigns for husband days before Missouri primary

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COLUMBIA – As the hours tick down before Missouri's presidential primary Tuesday, candidates are doing whatever it takes to get more votes.

On Friday afternoon, Heidi Cruz stopped in mid-Missouri to meet with her husband's campaign supporters at Dickey's Barbecue Pit.

Cruz said she’s hopeful Missouri will support her husband in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.

“A lot can change over a weekend,” she said. “We could win Missouri and we’re close enough. I think we’re five or six points off right now.”

About 75 people crammed into the restaurant to hear her speak. Cruz said national safety, economic growth, and constitutional liberties are voting points for Ted Cruz 

Cruz said her husband’s best quality, though, is his willingness to take action for voters.

“Ted has championed a movement to change Washington,” Cruz said. “There’s an anger among the American people for electing people over and over that have great talking points and then don’t do what they say they’re going to do. Ted has proven that we can do and effect change if we work for the voters.”

When asked about her husband’s ability after being a first-term Senator, Cruz said her husband is nothing like President Obama, who was also a first-term Senator when he ran for the White House.

“The reason that Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for this country as president is not because he’s a first term senator,” she said. “It’s because he’s an unapologetic socialist running a country that’s majority conservative.”

James Coin, the President of the Mid-Missouri Patriots, said he supports Cruz and thinks he is the only good Republican candidate.

“He understands the function of our government in the way of its design, which is a constitutionally limited government,” Coin said.

Cruz is not the only candidate visiting Missouri before the state’s primary election.

Donald Trump was in St. Louis all day Friday and will be in Kansas City on Saturday, while Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz will be in St. Louis on Saturday. Cruz will be at Parkway West High School at 10 a.m., accompanied by former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, who has pledged him her support. Clinton will be at St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program at 11 a.m.

Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich have not announced any plans to visit Missouri before Tuesday.

One meet and greet attendee said the political appearances will not change his mind.

“I voted for Ted in the Georgia primary on an absentee ballot,” Matthew Murphy said. “I’m just really excited to see what they have to say about their campaign.”

Missourians can vote in the Missouri open primary on Tuesday March 15 at their designated voting facility.