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Thu Jul 21, 2016, 08:13 AM Jul 2016

NYDN: Sen. Ted Cruz booed at Republican National Convention after refusing to endorse Donald Trump

CLEVELAND — Ted Cruz took the stage Wednesday to huge cheers at the Republican National Convention — and left amid a chorus of boos after refusing to endorse Donald Trump.

Cruz built to a crescendo, getting big cheers from the mix of Trump and Cruz delegates in the Quicken Loans Arena packed for the first time of the convention as he sounded like he might be on the verge of throwing his support behind a man he once bear-hugged before a bitter rejection at the end of a vicious primary season.

“To those listening, please don’t stay home in November,” he said as the crowd rose in celebration of what many thought was going to be a late-coming endorsement that could help Trump with conservative holdouts.

Cruz’s next line brought them crashing down on him.

“Vote your conscience,” he said.

The crowd viscerally turned on him, chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump!”

“Endorse Trump! Endorse Trump!” a woman in a “Make America Great Again” hat who’d been enthusiastically cheering Cruz kept screaming at him.

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