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Ted Cruz Unveils 'Unprecedented' Iowa Ground Game

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Ted Cruz spoke to a number of supporters, many of whom were wearing the official Cruz football jersey, Tuesday afternoon in Osceola, Iowa. His campaign says he plans to complete a visit to all 99 counties by Monday, when voters will take part in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Republican Caucus. (Reuters photo)

There are 1,682 voting precincts in Iowa, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims he has 1,573 of them covered for Monday night's first-in-the-nation Iowa Republican Caucus.

"In my experience the Cruz organizational effort here in Iowa is unrivaled," Cruz's Iowa state director Bryan English said. "We have coalesced conservatives from across the state because they want a conservative leader who will change Washington, break the D.C. cartel and bring power back to 'We the People.'"

According to the Cruz camp, they have named a county chair for each of Iowa's 99 counties, and recruited 247 "notable activists, pastors and lawmakers." These include U.S. Rep. Steve King, The Family Leader president Bob Vander Plaats, nationally syndicated talk radio host Steve Deace and former Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

"As of last week, over 12,000 volunteers have signed on and are now working to identify and turn out caucus goers for Cruz," the campaign said Tuesday in a press release. "Volunteers, on average, are making up to 20,000 phone calls and knocking on 2,000 doors every day. During the month of January, 836 people will have stayed at Camp Cruz, the former college dorms that are filled beyond capacity with volunteers from all over the country, some tripling up in rooms using air mattresses."

Cruz plans to use the final days before Caucus Night to campaign in Iowa and become just the third candidate to complete a "Full Grassley," by visiting all 99 Iowa counties. To do so, he's going to have to visit 22 more counties in just six days.

He has 30 events scheduled between now and the beginning of the Iowa Republican Caucus at 7 p.m. Central Time on Monday.

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