Ted Cruz 2016
February 1, 2016 -- The Iowa caucus on Feb 1 and New Hampshire primary on Feb 9 see the U.S. presidential campaign begin in earnest. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, is the closest challenger to poll leader Donald Trump. Born in Calgary, Canada to an American mother and Cuban father, he grew up in Texas and is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. His birth in Canada has led to calls by Trump that Cruz should be disqualified from running on the grounds that he is not a natural born U.S. citizen.