Ted Cruz Takes Kansas, Tests Boundaries of Where He Can Win

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are aiming to widen their advantage in the Republican and Democratic presidential races in five states on a “Super Saturday” of primaries and caucuses.

“Louisiana is identical to the states she has been performing well in and likewise Bernie Sanders has done poorly in”, said Joshua Stockley, associate professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. “And the scream you hear – the howl you hear from Washington, D.C.- is utter terror for what we the people are doing together”. And he and Trump were in a tight race in Kentucky caucuses.
On Thursday the party’s 2012 presidential pick, Mitt Romney, delivered a broadside against The Donald, calling him a “fraud”. John McCain – are fearful a Trump victory would lead to a disastrous November election, with losses up and down the GOP ticket. If Trump takes Florida and OH he would be almost impossible to stop. He’s not the first candidate to bash immigrants, support waterboarding and criticize past presidents, but others have done so more subtly.
With the GOP race in chaos, establishment figures frantically are looking for any way to stop Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if none of the candidates can roll up the 1,237 delegates needed to snag the nomination. The Texas senator, who won his home state, was able to keep hold of neighboring Oklahoma. While it may be too late to consolidate voters behind a single non-Trump candidate, his rivals could collectively deprive him of the majority of delegates required to sew up the nomination.
But the party’s establishment is unlikely to be much happier with Cruz, who has alienated many party leaders in Washington, than they have been with Trump.
“It’s my opportunity to revolt”, said Betty Nixon, a 60-year-old Trump voter in Olathe, Kansas.
Campaigning in Detroit, Clinton said she was thrilled to add to her delegate count, “but now all eyes turn to MI”.
Saturday’s voting also offers yet another chance for Rubio and Cruz to try to build a comeback as they attempt to deprive Trump of the nomination. Rubio has won one. Republicans in three other states, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii, also will vote on Tuesday.
Next up will be a crucial contest on Tuesday in the big industrial state of MI.
Republicans in ME and Kentucky are holding caucuses, as are Democrats in Nebraska.
Bernie Sanders wins Democratic Caucus in Kansas: Sanders 68%, Clinton 32%.
“We’d be getting two for the price of one”, she said.
“I think what it represents is Republicans coalescing and saying it would be a disaster for Donald Trump to be our nominee”, said Cruz, adding that he will be campaigning vigorously in Florida.
Heading into Saturday’s voting, Clinton had 1,066 delegates to Sanders’ 432, including superdelegates – members of Congress, governors and party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.
Thirty-three Democratic delegates were at stake in Saturday’s caucuses, and Sanders captured 23, and Clinton, 10.
Voters in five states are voting this Saturday, with more than 100 delegates up for grab in each party. “Tonight, we won Kansas with a good vote”. Do it today. Do it tomorrow. Trump campaigned there this week and is expected to have a strong showing, and he has the endorsement of Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
– Success in Louisiana meant that Clinton and Trump feared no serious erosion of their delegate lead.
“No matter who wins this Democratic nomination, I have not the slightest doubt that on our worst day we will be infinitely better than the Republicans on their best day”, Clinton said.