Ted Cruz Wanted Poster
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Ted Cruz Wanted Poster refers to a viral campaign advertisement for Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The poster features Cruz's head photoshopped with a cigarette in his mouth and on to the body of a muscular and tattooed man.
On March 14th, 2014, Brietbart reported that photoshopped wanted posters of Senator Ted Cruz were spotted in various locations in Los Angeles. The following day, Cruz tweeted one of the images, writing, "Saw this, but noticed an error. So I wanted to make one thing clear: I don't smoke cigarettes." The tweet (shown below) received more than 3,300 retweets and 2,300 likes in four-and-a-half years.
On February 26th, 2015, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the artist Sabo began selling wanted posters featuring Ted Cruz's face on someone else's body. That day, Washington Post reporter Katie Zezima tweeted  a picture of the image with the caption, "Ted Cruz 'Blacklisted and Loving It' all American tour 2016 #cpac2015." The tweet (shown below, left) received more than 30 retweets and 25 likes in three and a half years.
Later that year, the Cruz campaign began using the image in its promotion of the Ted Cruz 2016 presidential campaign. On September 9th, Twitter user @teddygoff published a variation of the image that was used in an email from Cruz's campagin. They captioned the post, "This is a thing that's real." The post (shown below, center) received more than 130 retweets and 160 likes in three years.
ON August 31st, 2018, Mashable  reported that the Rockwall County Republican Party had been using variation of the poster for Cruz's senate reelection campaign. The posts have since been deleted. However, Twitter user @rez512 posted a series of screenshots of the posts (shown below, right).
 Washington Post – The guy who made Ted Cruz into a ripped, tattooed smoker
 Twitter – @katiezez's Tweet
 Breitbart – Ted Cruz Posters Appear in Beverly Hills
 Twitter – @tedcruz's Tweet
 Mashable – Internet roasts Texas GOP for allegedly sharing this 'edgy' photo of Ted Cruz
 Twitter – @rez512's Tweet
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