Looking for momentum ahead of Kansas caucuses, Ted Cruz stirs supporters in Overland Park

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The presidential campaign came to the metro on Wednesday. Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke to supporters at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall.

Senator Cruz touted his qualification and priorities before turning his attention to his biggest Republican opponent, front-runner Donald Trump.

The crowd roared every time he blasted the billionaire businessman, saying if Trump becomes the Republican nominee, it will be a disaster for conservatives and for the country.

He repeatedly stated his belief that he, not Trump, has the power to take down Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the general election. Cruz urged other Republican candidates near the bottom to drop out of the race, and throw their support to the Cruz camp.

“And what we`re seeing is all those Republicans that recognize Donald Trump is not the right candidate to beat Hillary Clinton, more and more of them are coming and joining our campaign, are uniting, and that`s what it`s going to take, it`s going to take republicans uniting and coming together, and standing as one,” Cruz said.

The candidate made a strong impression on first-time voter Mark Petrie.

“It`s one thing to watch him during a debate, but it`s a completely different thing to see in person, you know. You see all of his character, you see all of his charisma, and it really makes an impact. I think it made an impact on me, and it certainly made an impact on everyone here,” Petrie said.

With Kansas caucuses coming up this Saturday, Cruz hoped his rally had an impact on voters.