El Paso's Republican majority throws support behind Cruz

The race for president started with 17 Republican candidates, and tonight there are only four.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich faced off in the first GOP debate since Super Tuesday Thursday night.

The Republican Party of El Paso held a watch party at their headquarters. The local party hasn't endorsed anyone yet, but of the nearly 50 people in attendance, the majority favored Cruz.

There were loud cheers when Cruz went after Donald Trump, specifically when Cruz accused Trump of writing 10 checks to Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.

One Cruz supporter told CBS4 the Texas senator resonates with them.

"Because what he's saying is factual. I've done a lot of research on the candidates and he's spot on in terms of Trump's record," said Jamil Moutran.

Halfway through the debate, the party held an official straw poll. There were 24 votes for Cruz, 9 for Trump, 6 for Marco Rubio and 4 for John Kasich.

The next key primary for the Republican Party is March 15 in Florida. But Republicans can't deny Trump had a dominating turnout for Super Tuesday.

CBS4's Courtney Schoenemann asked the chair of El Paso's Republican Party if they will support Trump if he wins Florida.

"I think our goal as soon as we end up with a candidate is to pull together and support whoever our candidate is," Adolpho Telles said.

Telles said that's because any one of the Republican candidates can beat the opposition.

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