Fayetteville, N.C. — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has canceled a North Carolina appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Last week, Dr. Larry Keen, president of Fayetteville Technical Community College, said his campus would host the candidate Monday afternoon in the Horace Sisk Gym.
On Sunday, a spokesperson for Cruz's campaign announced that Cruz would not be paying a visit to the school and his wife would appear in his place. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Cruz will instead be appearing in Illinois on Monday.
The U.S. senator from Texas taped an interview Tuesday with Fox News in front of hundreds of cheering, sign-waving supporters at Calvary Baptist Church south of Raleigh and then headed to Kannapolis for a campaign rally at a church there.
A week before the March 15 primary, Cruz trailed Trump by 14 points in a WRAL News poll released Tuesday.
North Carolina awards its delegates proportionally according to the order of finish in the primary, so even a strong second-place finish could give Cruz dozens of the state's 72 GOP delegates, which could prevent Trump from winning an outright majority of delegates before the convention.