Texas Sen. Ted Cruz hopes to shore up support among Iowa's Christian conservatives, even as Republican rival Donald Trump makes gains with the influential group.
Cruz plans to court social conservatives and evangelical voters at a Wednesday night rally addressing his anti-abortion beliefs while highlighting Trump's record of flip-flopping from a once pro-choice position.
Winning evangelical voters is essential for Cruz to do well in Monday's Iowa caucus and he has been building support among them for months. But Cruz told a closed-door meeting of Iowa pastors on Monday that if Trump wins Iowa, he may go on to secure the nomination.
Winning evangelical voters -- who catapulted underdog candidates to the lead in Iowa in 2008 and 2012 -- could make or break the kickoff contest for either candidate.