Cruz Still Faces Daunting Delegate Math After Win in Wisconsin

by Sahil Kapur  |  published on April 6, 2016

It was a very good night for Ted Cruz.

A rough stretch for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump culminated in the Texas underdog steamrolling to a decisive victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

“Tonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry. It is a call from the hard-working people of Wisconsin to the people of America,” a boisterous Cruz said at his watch party at the American Serb Hall Banquet in Milwaukee, where a packed room of fans savored the moment while sipping on Bud Light and Stella Artois beer.

“As a result of tonight … I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to earn the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Either before Cleveland or at the convention in Cleveland we will win a majority of the delegates and we will beat Hillary Clinton in November.”

But Cruz wakes up to a discomfiting reality Wednesday: he needs about four-fifths of remaining delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination. Even cutting into Trump’s still-large lead in the primary is a stretch as surveys show him ahead in the three most delegate-rich states yet to vote: New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

  • Jeanette Eaton

    I will be 69 years old on May 6. Even though I could not legally vote, then, I chose to be a Republican when I was a Senior in 1965. The first time I was ever legally able to vote was in 1972. Four years before that, I was in California where my husband was stationed in the Army and getting ready to have my first child. Had the circumstances be different, I would have voted then, for the first time. 1968 was a troublesome year, to say the least and I wondered just what kind of world my children would grow up in. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated and there WERE riots in the streets that were politically motivated. Donald Trump wasn’t anywhere near those events. I am not happy with Mr. Cruz. So far, the only person that I have deemed to be worthy of my vote is Ben Carson. It was to him that I gave my first, ever, political donation…and, now that he has dropped out of the race, my loyalties have gone to Mr. Trump….and , no matter what, they will remain there, regardless of what anyone else does. I am, again, a Senior, but this time, with the added description of Citizen. I have four children and now, also, have four grandchildren, and I really care about what will happen to them. I don’t worry about myself, so much, because the years are quickly passing on for me, but I care about anyone younger than I am. These are terrible times we live in and we need a leader now more than ever. We haven’t had one for quite some time now, and, I can assure you that, should the Democratic front runner get to the White House, she WILL be a leader for sure, but WHERE will she lead us to? Mr. Cruz, can not , nor will he beat her in November. If he should become the candidate, then I am in a big quandary, because I can’t vote for him, just like I can’t vote for Clinton. I am entitled to my one vote, but it will be lost because I won’t have a choice. I don’t believe that there will be riots in the streets, solely based on the fact that Trump might not get his chance to serve this country because of the “elites” in the party, but the riots will occur at the polls in November…..and we will all be the losers….even and especially those who chose to actually vote for Clinton. The Republican Party that I chose to belong to over 50 years ago doesn’t exist. What I guess will happen, is I will be one of those “not-descriptive independents”. The Republican Party is imploding right before our eyes and so is this beloved Country of ours. There is only one candidate who has inspired me to think that this country could be the great country it used to be, was Dr. Carson. I am no longer inspired but Donald Trump inspires me more than the others because he really loves this country….I don’t care how brass he show himself to be….Harry Truman did that. The only true leader that has held the office of President, in my short lifetime, is Ronald Reagan, and there are no more Ronald Reagans left. I will be at the polls in November and I WILL be voting. I will vote for ANYONE who isn’t presently in Washington because THAT is where the REAL problem lies.

  • Seedman

    Donald “boom boom” Trump is a loose cannon who should seriously consider suspending his campaign for the good of America.

  • Myrtle Linder

    Come on Cruz, Conservatives are pulling for you!!


  • kathy diamond


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