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DALLAS (KRLD-AM) – Texas Republicans headed to next week’s state convention are finding themselves without their expected candidate, as the Lone Star State’s primary winner, Senator Ted Cruz, suspends his campaign. The race is now left to Donald Trump.

Dallas Republican State Representative Jason Villalba fired off an emotional op-ed last night to the Texas Tribune following Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana and Cruz’s announcement that he was dropping out. Villalba says a Trump nomination gives him “great pause, great concern and, frankly, fear for what the future holds.”

Villalba, who identifies as a “Reagan Conservative Republican” says that he has been put off by Donald Trump’s style on the campaign trail. He also questions whether the real estate mogul’s principals and beliefs are in line with the GOP. ” If this man is the party, then the party as I understand it is no longer the Republican Party.”

The numbers show that Villalba is likely not alone. The polling leading up to Texas’ primary in March put Ted Cruz with 44% percent support, compared to Trump’s 27%. The survey numbers match up almost exactly with the primary results. Cruz gained 104 delegates. Trump earn 48. Senator Marco Rubio gained 3.

Next week’s Texas Republican Convention will be a very “interesting laboratory,” says Villalba. He says he is hopeful a third party candidate will emerge.

The GOP’s state convention will be held May 12th – 14th at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center  in Dallas.

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