Cruz declines to say whether he would endorse in primaries if president

In the aftermath of that primary, Cruz said that Cochran “stole” the election by recruiting black, Democratic voters to vote for him and said McDaniels’ allegations of impropriety should be “vigorously investigated.”

Here in northern Mississippi, Cruz praised McDaniel as a conservative fighter in his own mold and largely declined to relitigate the divisive Republican nomination battle. Asked by CNN if he stood by his comments, Cruz said he’s focused on his own run, though he praised McDaniel’s “historic election.”

But at a stop hours later in the Memphis suburb of Olive Branch, Cruz went further.

“The behavior of the D.C. Republican establishment in that runoff was shameful,” Cruz told reporters. “We need to be straightforward and honest with the voters in this country.”