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Cruz To Headline California GOP Conclave Ahead Of Primary

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Charlie Neibergall / AP

(AP) — Ted Cruz will headline a California Republican Party convention later this month, in advance of the state's potentially decisive presidential primary in June.

The speech on April 30 in Burlingame — just outside San Francisco — will give the Texas senator an opportunity to build support with the core of the state party membership as he attempts to slow front-runner Donald Trump.

Trump faces iffy odds of reaching the threshold for the party's nomination — 1,237 delegates — before the June 7 primaries, which also include New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota.

State party Vice Chairman Harmeet Dhillon says the convention will "help set the stage for a final GOP primary battle."

Cruz has established an extensive operation in California to line up delegates in the contest.

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