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Ted Cruz Looks for His Iowa Moment

The Texas senator receives a warm reception over the weekend in Iowa.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during The Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during The Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

While Republican firebrand Donald Trump has seized control of news headlines over the past few weeks, it's Texas Senator Ted Cruz who may be poised for a breakout moment on the campaign trail, particularly after impressing conservatives over the weekend in the key state of Iowa.

Cruz led the presidential pack in fundraising during the latest quarter of the campaign, hauling in a remarkable $14.3 million in addition to $38 million raised by super-PACs supporting him. He's enjoying greater publicity with the release of his book A Time for Truth, over which he battled with the New York Times about a spot on its coveted bestseller list. And he's raising fresh hackles in the Senate by threatening to block all of President Barack Obama's nominees to the State Department unless Congress gets to review the Iran nuclear deal prior to a United Nations vote.