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Coverage of central and northern New York's congressional races, including the primary races and the general election.Races covered include the 24th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), who is running for reelection; the 22nd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), who is retiring; and the 21st Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro).

View From Texas: Did Cruz 'Hurt The Republican Party' Or Follow His Principles?

Delegates from Texas listen as Texas senator and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz addresses Wednesday evening's session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Delegates from Texas listen as Texas senator and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz addresses Wednesday evening's session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Members of the delegation from Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz's home state, looked shellshocked in the concourse of the Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.

Cruz had just delivered a nighttime speech in which he did not endorse Donald Trump. Instead, he told the Republican National Convention to "vote your conscience." As he walked off the stage, the crowd booed.

"I was very disappointed that he did not endorse Trump," Gary Inmon, who lives near San Antonio, said. "We had a fair process and Donald Trump is the nominee."

McShane O'Rourke, a Texas delegate from outside Fort Worth, said Cruz gave a "great speech based on the conservative values of the Republican Party."

Nick Weidenkopf, an alternate delegate from Texas, had his credentials signed by Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Nick Weidenkopf, an alternate delegate from Texas, had his credentials signed by Sen. Ted Cruz.

He said that he would have wanted an endorsement but no one should be booed. Still, his senator "hurt the Republican Party" today, he said.

Just down the hall, Nick Weidenkopf, an alternate delegate from Dallas, stood wearing a cowboy hat and a convention pass signed by Ted Cruz.

Weidenkopf liked Cruz's speech, especially his call to "work together as human beings." He has come around to Trump and thinks that Cruz did exactly what Trump would have wanted. One of Trump's central themes in this campaign, said Weidenkopf, is to drop political correctness, and that's what Trump got from Cruz Wednesday.

"We have the right to free speech," Weidenkopf said. "Ted Cruz exercised that right."

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