Supporters gather to see Ted Cruz in Overland Park

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was heading to the KC area Wednesday to speak to supporters.

Saturday marks the GOP caucus in Kansas, and Cruz is looking to add the state to his list of wins after taking neighboring Oklahoma and his home state of Texas on Super Tuesday.

But before his speech in Overland Park, he stopped off for some of the city's famous barbecue at a KC favorite, Joe's Kansas City in Olathe.

There were a few rules for the presidential hopeful, most notably, not politicking. People could come up and speak to him about the campaign, but he was not supposed to approach them first.

Cruz fans came to the restaurant to see the candidate, like one local resident who brought her children along.

"I think it's important for them to see and be a part of the person that could lead this country and know what's good for their future, and to know from an early start that it's something that you should be involved in," she said.

Supporters met with Cruz while he enjoyed a Z-Man.
Supporters met with Cruz while he enjoyed a Z-Man at Joe's KC in OIathe.
She might not be able to vote, but Cruz still took time to speak to this future voter.
She might not be able to vote, but Cruz still took time to speak to this future voter.

Meanwhile, in Overland Park, dozens of people lined up for hours to get a spot inside Yardley Hall, all of them anxious to hear what Texas Senator Ted Cruz had to say.

His visit to Overland Park comes just one day after Super Tuesday – where Cruz secured a second place spot behind Donald Trump in the fight for the Republican nomination.

Cruz took Oklahoma, Alaska and his home state of Texas, while Trump secured seven wins across the nation.

FOX 4’s Katie Banks asked some attendees what they think of those two presidential candidates going head-to-head.

“I've been watching both of them, there's good points and bad points in both and I'm on the fence still, that's why I wanted to be here and hear more of what he has to say so I can make an intelligent decision,” Johnson County voter Betty Bain said.

The Overland Park stop is big for Cruz – who hopes to gain more momentum with Kansas voters before Saturday’s caucuses.



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