Ted Cruz's team just couldn't hold back its excitement.
When Rep. Steve King of Iowa sent out a press release Sunday afternoon that he would be making a "major announcement" regarding the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses the following day, most expected the congressman throw his support behind a presidential candidate. And most expected that support to go to Cruz, who has built a strong relationship with the congressman since arriving in Washington. But nothing official leaked overnight.
That changed Monday morning, when Keep the Promise 1, one of the super PACs supporting Cruz's campaign, tweeted this out at 10:36 eastern time, just as King took the podium at a hotel in Des Moines.
How did the super PAC, which isn't allowed to coordinate with the campaign, know about the endorsement before it was made public? Kristina Hernandez, a spokeswoman for Keep the Promise, said the group received the information from someone in the room where the press conference was happening, but declined to say who that person was. "We have an operation of our own on the ground in Iowa, independent of the Cruz campaign obviously," she said. King's son, Jeff, also signed on as a consultant for the group this past summer.