By Jack Fink

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Cruz supporter and President of the Dallas Eagle Forum Trayce Bradford says she was surprised Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race.

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“We were hoping he would fight on to the end.” But she says she’s not ready yet to support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. “My hasty decision would be no, I can’t. But I do want to step back, I do want to think about it. Pray about it.”

Bradford says she can’t forget Trump’s insults against Cruz. “I find it offensive that grown men would be in a situation like this and he would spend the past few months referring to his opponent as “Lyin Ted”… that to me is childish.”

Republican party leaders and some Cruz supporters like Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Cruz’s former campaign chairman in Texas, say it’s time for the GOP to rally around Trump and move past the bitter primary. “At the end of the day, the truth is a lot is said in the heat of battle… the fatigue of a long race. If you’re really running for the right thing – to represent the people and as a Republican to do the right thing for this country then you have to come together,” says Patrick. The Lt. Governor says he will do whatever is necessary to help the New York billionaire win.

Trump’s national campaign spokesperson, Katrina Pierson says, more Republicans are backing them. “Donald Trump has been saying from the beginning that he wants to unify the party. He’s had several meetings with party leaders and legislators in Washington, D.C. who could help. We are seeing more elected officials stand up and support Donald Trump and I think we’re going to see more of that.”

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When asked how the Trump campaign will turn the “Never Trump” movement to “Never Hillary” Pierson says, “The way Donald Trump turns around those negatives is to continue to put forth his vision.”

Pierson says those issues include choosing a conservative to sit on the Supreme Court, illegal immigration, trade deals, and Trump’s pro-American foreign policy. “Once the contrast is made between Donald Trump and HIllary Clinton, you’re going to see even Cruz supporters support Donald Trump.”

Bradford says she’s aware of the argument that if she doesn’t support Trump, she would help the likely Democratic nominee. “That’s something I take very seriously. It’s not out of I’m taking my toys and going home. It’s not out of being arrogant, it’s truly soul-searching.”

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