Cruz’s Primary Election Theory Prevails

By: Amanda Carpenter | April 06, 2016

U. S. Presidentail Repulican candidate Ted Cruz speaks to reporters after winning the Wisconsin Primary in Milwaukee , Wisconsin, on April 5, 2016. The Texas senator rolled to a landslide victory over the Republican front-runner Donarld Trump. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

U. S. Presidential Republican candidate Ted Cruz speaks to reporters after winning the Wisconsin Primary in Milwaukee , Wisconsin, on April 5, 2016. The Texas senator rolled to a landslide victory over the Republican front-runner Donald Trump. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

To listen to some tell the story of the Wisconsin primary, it would seem like Donald Trump was never competitive in the Badger State.

His supporters argue that the demographics of Wisconsin, an overwhelmingly majority white state with a strong, proud history of working class manufacturing families, were somehow not favorable to Trump.

Nonsense.

What the Trump camp doesn’t want to admit is that Wisconsin proves Cruz’s primary theory true. For weeks, Cruz has posited that if the field winnowed and voters were asked to pick between Cruz and Trump, voters would choose Cruz.

And, indeed, they are.

The momentum of the race didn’t shift last night for Cruz; it began shifting once the field collapsed and voters could see the clear differences between Trump and Cruz.

After Marco Rubio lost his home state of Florida in the March 15 primary and exited the race, Utah was the first grand test of the theory.

Cruz claimed 69.2 percent of the votes in the Beehive State and claimed all 40 delegates; Trump only earned 14 percent and walked away with none.

The second major test was Wisconsin, where Cruz bested Trump 48.3 percent to 35.1 percent. Even while John Kasich remains in the race, handicapping Cruz.

In the Arizona primary, very firm ground for Trump, the real estate mogul won with 47 percent of the vote, but The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that a substantial number of delegates would be ready to vote for Cruz should they become unbound at an open Republican convention in July.

Last weekend, Cruz picked up even more delegate support in North Dakota. CNN reported that 18 of North Dakota’s 25 delegates selected by the state party are in the Cruz camp.

The momentum of the race didn’t shift last night for Cruz; it began shifting once the field collapsed and voters could see the clear differences between Trump and Cruz.

To believe that Wisconsin was never winnable for Trump would mean to ignore all his actions in the run-up to the primary.

Trump once had a commanding 11-point lead. He packed his schedule with campaign events. He deployed surrogates.

But, then he tanked in the polls. Seats were left unfilled at his rallies. One of his top surrogates, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, was greeted with “tepid applause and stone-cold silence” during a Lincoln Day Dinner speech.

Meanwhile, Cruz did just what he said he would do: coalesce Republicans behind his candidacy. Two of Cruz’s former primary rivals, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina, provided the Texas Senator with a tremendous amount of support.

Before the Wisconsin primary results were tallied Trump promised voters a “big surprise.”

Too bad for him, it was a 13 point loss.

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  1. There was a time,way back when Trump entered the race, and I believed (for a few days) that Trump’s presence would clobber the Republican establishment. As I’ve already stated, “after a few days”, I knew I was wrong. Trump is a disgrace of a human being, he hasn’t an ounce of integrity. Cruz eclipses Trump where manhood, intelligence, intellect, and patriotism are the requisites.

    When Trump ridiculed John McCain as a “loser,” and not a hero, then added to his idiotic comment that he, Trump, won’t allow hero status to anyone who was a POW, whatever positive thought I had of Trump was purged from my mind. Especially, since Trump’s own experience with even possibly entering military service during Vietnam were five (5) deferments from serving at all.

    It’s even more unfortunate that the imagined “Make America Great Again” became Trump’s logo, either he or his propagandists knew how desperate America’s constituency had become with Obama in the Oval Office. Over time it has become evident that as Obama wanted to be an American monarch, so does Trump! His comments concerning governance reveal his psychological posture to be a “One Man government.” As usual, everything is all about him.

    He and Obama are similar, they are both vain, smarter than anyone else in this world,creatures of self-love and lacking any humility.except that Obama is not as vulgar as Trump. That man would be a curse on this nation. If he yearned for elected office, he should have vied to be Mayor of NYC. That would be absolute his limit.

    The next time you view him ridiculing someone, try realizing this; if he had to debate that person, Trump would lose. His tactics are to pay-off character assassins to target people Trump doesn’t like, and the reason Trump doesn’t “like” such people is because he’s inferior to them and knows it!
    He boasts of a Trump treasury of some ten billion dollars, can you imagine a guy having such riches and an inferiority complex too?

    “Make America Great Again”; that’s a fine motto. It will require a President with integrity, and Trump has none! He must be ousted from the presidential race, and if the “establishment” Republican Party can do that, it should be forgiven from bringing chaos upon our nation in 2008.
    I have never missed a vote since voting for President Eisenhower, but hell would freeze over before I’d vote for Trump!

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