Brian Brown, president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), suggested in an email that his
group's endorsement of Ted Cruz is behind his surge in the polls.
Two recent polls, the Iowa Republican
poll and the Quinnipiac Iowa poll, put Cruz ahead of Donald Trump or
in a statistical tie.
Earlier this month, NOM endorsed Cruz,
also a Texas senator, for president, calling him “a proven champion
for marriage and religious freedom.”
“We believe [that Cruz] has the best
chance of uniting conservatives and going on to win the nomination,”
said NOM, the nation's largest group opposed to marriage equality.
On Tuesday, Brown said that NOM's
endorsement “has helped result in social conservatives coalescing
around his candidacy and he has leaped to the front of the pack in
“Now that we've contributed to Sen.
Cruz' rise in the polls, it's imperative that we follow that up with
an aggressive campaign to help him advance as the conservative choice
for president,” NOM added.