"It is garbage, complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear, and it has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen," Cruz told reporters yesterday in Wisconsin after the publication of an article in the National Enquirer, which claimed that he had affair with five secret mistresses.

Trump, 69, denied the allegation. "I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted
Cruz in this week's issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it," Trump, 45, said in a lengthy statement.

"Ted Cruz's problem with the National Enquirer is his and his alone, and while they were right about O J Simpson, John Edwards, and many others, I certainly hope they are not right about Ted Cruz," Trump said.

The article adds to the nasty blow of exchanges between Cruz and Trump, which began early this week after a pro-Cruz super PAC ran an advertisement in which they used a nude picture of Trump's wife, who was a model before marriage.

An angry Cruz described it as baseless and full of lies and urged people to support him become the Republican nominee. "I don't make a habit out of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my family," he said.

Trump currently leads the Republican race to the White House in terms of delegate count. Needed 1237 delegates to become the Republican presidential nominee, Trump currently has 739 delegates from primary and caucuses in 19 States and territories.

Cruz is lagging behind in the delegate count with 465 delegates in his kitty from nine wins. The next major Republican primary is scheduled to be held in Wisconsin on April 5, which has 42 delegates.

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