Ted Cruz Speaks At Largest Crawford County Lincoln Day Dinner In History

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VAN BUREN (KFSM) -- Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz spoke Wednesday (August 12) at the Republican Party of Crawford County Lincoln Day Dinner in Van Buren.

It was Cruz's third stop in the Natural State Wednesday. He held a rally at the GOP Headquarters in Little Rock in the morning and in the afternoon hosted a meet and greet at Fat Daddy's Barbecue in Russellville. The Lincoln Day Dinner  began at 6:30 p.m. and was sold out according to event organizers.

Hundreds showed up to hear Cruz speak at the largest Crawford County Lincoln Day Dinner in history.

Cruz promoted his campaign and shared his stance on some important social issues. He said he has loved his time in Arkansas and the state will play a major role in choosing a candidate.

"Arkansas is going to play a critical roll in the Republican presidential primary because the date has moved forward, so Arkansas is going to vote early," said Cruz.

This was the first time a presidential candidate spoke at the Crawford County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Tom Fite, Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Crawford County said he hopes Cruz's will encourage more presidential candidates to come through Crawford County.

"We want the county to be known, and we are working hard to do that  It means a lot for our local committee to have a presidential candidate come through," Fite said. "It is just a big, big deal."

Cruz will continue his bus tour in Oklahoma Thursday. He will be making stops in Oklahoma City, Bartlesville and Tulsa.

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