Ted Cruz Surge: 50 Wisconsin Faith Leaders Back Cruz for President

Republican presidential candidate Sen.Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign stop Friday, March 4, 2016 in Orono Maine.
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Fifty Wisconsin faith leaders joined Governor Scott Walker in endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president this week.

The news comes as Cruz surged in polling this week and frontrunner Donald Trump hit some new controversy on the campaign trail. A Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday showed that Cruz jumped 21 points from 19 percent in February to 40 in the March poll, while Trump held steady at 30 percent of likely Republican voters in Wisconsin.

Cruz also made a trip to California this week to appear on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, hold a high-dollar fundraiser, and meet with the lion’s share of more than 100 Californians slated as delegates for Cruz.

In the days leading up to the March 15 Missouri and Florida primary contests, Cruz picked up endorsements from over 100 faith leaders. While Cruz and frontrunner Donald Trump came out neck-and-neck in Missouri, Trump took a resounding win in Florida over home-state competitor Sen. Marco Rubio, with Cruz in third.

On Saturday, Cruz will host a screening of God’s Not Dead 2 in Green Bay.

“Everything Ted Cruz says he would do, he has done. He fears God, and he understands the fact that this country was founded through the inspiration of the Word of God,” said Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a former Green Bay Packers defensive, now serving as a deacon at Living Hope Church in Green Bay.

List of endorsements released Friday:

Julaine Appling, president, Wisconsin Family Action

Jeanette Bantamoi, ministry leader

Pastor James Booker, Full Gospel Church

Associate Pastor Joel Bosacki, Living Hope Church

C. Patrick Boyer, president, Leap of Faith Group

Reverend Corey A. Brookins, Berea Baptist Church

Tom Coulter, ministry leader

Pastor Andrew Doll, Bible Baptist Church

Elisabeth Dubois, VP, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, Celebration Church

Pastor Lathan Duncan

Pastor Thomas Ebert, Shalom Baptist Church

Pastor Daniel J. Fiedler, Shawano Christian Center, Inc.

Deacon Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Living Hope Church

Pastor Stephen Gorton, Bible Baptist Church

Heather Grambsch, life group leader, Celebration Church

Pastor Timothy Hallett, Birch St. Baptist Church

Tim Harmann, ministry leader

Lisa Harmann, ministry leader

Pastor Randall Hoffman, Harbor Lights Baptist Church

Senior Pastor Paul Hoover, Souls Harbor Baptist Church

Ronald Jung, headmaster, Providence Academy

Pastor Chris Juvinall, Wausau Bible Church

James Kocian, associate pastor and worship leader, Living Hope Church

Pastor Ken Kramer, Calvary Baptist Church

Senior Pastor Randall Lassila, Lighthouse Assembly of God

Senior Pastor Michael D. LeClaire, Living Hope Church

Michael LeMay, general manager, Q90 FM Radio

David Lingle, director of church relations, Wisconsin Family Council

Pastor Tom Loggans, Greendale Baptist Church

Pastor Robert Love, Waupun Baptist Church

Reverend Matthew Mallek, Refuge Church

Pastor Tim and Janice Mandich, Able Church

Pastor Curtis McMiller, Foundation Biblical Baptist Church

Pastor David Moore, Keystone Baptist Church

Elder Craig O Connor, Living Hope Church

Pastor Peter Ostrander

Gary Pusick, life group leader, Celebration Church

Pastor Daniel Reehoff, Dayspring Baptist Church

Senior Pastor Brian Richard, Grace Baptist Church

Pastor Richard Rogers, Calvary Baptist Church

Senior Pastor Rodney Schuler, Calvary Baptist Church

Pastor James Schumacher, Apostolic Faith Church

Brian Sikma, Media Trackers, former evangelist

Pastor Kelvin Swanson, Berean Baptist Church

Aaron Thiel, Christian author

Amanda Thompson, grassroots leader for Salt and Light Committee, Celebration Church

Joseph Thompson, life group leader, Celebration Church

Assistant Pastor Stephen Van Gelderen, Falls Baptist Church

Rebecca Wilkinson, ministry leader

Jennifer Zyzo, homeschool leader

Appling said, “I’m excited that we are not being asked to choose between the lesser of two evils at the ballot box – in Ted Cruz, we have a champion to support!”

The endorsement follows endorsements this week from the Wisconsin Family Action PAC and Wisconsin Right to Life PAC.

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