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Conservative donor Bob Luddy says he prefers Ted Cruz

US Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks before a luncheon of the John Locke Foundation at the North Raleigh Hilton Monday afternoon, April 13, 2015.
US Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks before a luncheon of the John Locke Foundation at the North Raleigh Hilton Monday afternoon, April 13, 2015. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Businessman Bob Luddy – one of the biggest conservative political donors in Raleigh – says he wants to see Sen. Ted Cruz win the Republican primary.

Luddy’s comments were part of a lengthy and glowing profile of the Captive Aire owner published in The American Spectator. He told the magazine that’s he not fond of Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

“I like Cruz the best because he’s not afraid to really confront these guys and wrestle them to the ground,” he said. “He doesn’t necessarily have the best style or maybe the best approach but we need a tough smart guy to make some headway in this country.”

He said Trump is a “scary guy when it comes to free trade” and “a bully.”

Federal campaign finance records show that Luddy donated $1,000 to Cruz about a year ago, and he also gave $250 to Ben Carson’s campaign last September.

Luddy also told the magazine about his efforts to oust N.C. House Budget Writer Nelson Dollar in the Republican primary, noting that he’s “working with some people to take him out” and “establishment Republicans are mad at me.”

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