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.

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“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.

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Three recent Iowa polls from CNN/ORC and Fox News show Trump with an 11-point lead over the entire Republican pack.

CNN/ORC’s most recent national survey, meanwhile, shows more than 4-in-10 of Republican voters, 41 percent, around the nation want Trump as their candidate.

This is the first time Trump has surpassed the 40 percent mark in CNN/ORC polls. Cruz comes in second, but with a distant 19 percentage point of voter support. Sen. Marco Rubio, in third, has only eight percent, the poll showed.

As CNN reported: “Trump’s lead is clearly significant … and the poll finds him well ahead of the field among a range of GOP subgroups. He leads among both men and women, younger and older voters, white evangelicals, conservatives and both self-identified Republicans and independents who lean toward the party.”

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College graduates and tea-party types are the most resistant to supporting Trump, polls show. But even those groups give him high marks. CNN/ORC’s national survey finds 26 percent of voters with advanced degrees support Trump, versus 20 percent for Cruz; 37 percent of voters identifying as members of tea-party politics support Trump, versus 34 percent for Cruz.

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