Ted Cruz booed off the stage at RNC after not endorsing Trump

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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas declined to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during his speech at the party's national convention Wednesday – and was roundly booed by delegates as he left the stage in Cleveland.

Cruz has kept a low profile since he was defeated by Trump in the Republican primary. Politico notes the convention crowd seemed to sense an endorsement coming when Cruz told his audience they should not stay home on Election Day.

But instead Cruz said "...stand and speak and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

Trump himself stepped into the convention hall while Cruz was finishing his speech over chants of "Endorse Trump." The booing intensified as Cruz left the stage.

https://twitter.com/KatyTurNBC/status/755945777910784000

Cruz delivered a 20 minute speech to the convention. You can see the whole thing here or watch it from the "vote your conscience" part below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoi8GM9teJ0

Cruz mentioned Trump's name only once in his speech, Bloomberg says.

Another one of Trump's primary rivals, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, did not attend the convention but did endorse Trump in a video message.

https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/755947717327724544

https://twitter.com/politico/status/755954530240659456

Only eight of Minnesota's 38 delegates to the convention supported Trump on caucus night, with the rest backing Rubio and Cruz.

State party leaders have predicted that Minnesota Republicans will eventually support Trump.

https://twitter.com/MatthewNussbaum/status/755934162641616896

https://twitter.com/cbs11jack/status/755806313431625728

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