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Cruz: If Trump wins GOP nomination, Hillary wins presidency

Ted Cruz supporters Andrea Krug (left) of Wheaton and Kirsten Morgan of Palatine, wait to "Rally with Ted Cruz," at Abbington Banquets on Monday in Glen Ellyn. | Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald Staff Photographer

As other Republican presidential primary bidders were focused on battleground states of Ohio and Florida Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz returned to the suburbs to portray himself as the one candidate able to overtake front-runner Donald Trump in the primary and ultimately win the presidency come November.

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, Hillary wins,” Cruz said during a rally at the Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn, before spelling out the dangers of electing another Democrat to follow President Barack Obama.

The early afternoon appearance was one of five throughout the state Monday for the Texas senator who told attendees they had a chance to “get their voice on a national stage.”

“We are surging here, the support here is very strong,” Cruz said, noting voters in the state are “used to being neglected.”

This year, he said, “Illinois has a big platform. There are a lot of delegates at stake.”

As he did during a Friday stop in Rolling Meadows, Cruz encouraged Republicans who may have started out supporting other candidates in the crowded primary field to coalesce behind his campaign instead of rivals Trump, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich or Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.