Sen. Ted Cruz made a somewhat startling statement during a recent address to evangelical pastors, telling them Donald Trump seems on fast-track status to win the nomination – that if he wins Iowa, the billionaire businessman “could be unstoppable” on the campaign trail. The video, obtained by the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Brody File, showed Cruz telling his gathered listeners the nomination process was basically entering its final stretch, despite the fact the first caucuses and primaries haven’t even taken place yet.

“If Donald wins Iowa, he right now has a substantial lead in New Hampshire, if he went on to win New Hampshire as well, there is a very good chance he could be unstoppable and be our nominee,” Cruz said, in the video. He went on, CNN reported: “So even if you’re thinking about another candidate, the simple reality is there’s only one campaign that can beat Trump in this state. And if conservatives simply stand up and unite, that’s everything.” Cruz said the race he’s running with Trump is at a “dead heat.” But polls actually show Trump with big enough lead to beat even statistical variances. CONTINUE