Cruz, Trump each grab 2 wins; Democrats split states


“He is a successful businessman”.

Ted Cruz claimed an easy victory in Kansas and battled with Donald Trump for Kentucky in Saturday’s four-state round of Republican voting, fresh evidence that there’s no quick end in sight to the fractious GOP race for president. Cruz won Kansas and ME on Saturday.
“God bless Kansas”, the senator from Texas declared during a rally in Idaho, which votes in three days. The results in ME gave Cruz 12 delegates and Trump nine. Both Trump and Cruz held rallies in Wichita that morning.
With the Republican race in chaos, establishment figures frantically are looking for any way to derail Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if no candidate can get enough delegates to lock up the nomination in advance.
“Everyone’s trying to figure out how to stop Trump”, the billionaire marveled at an afternoon rally in Orlando, Florida. While he said he “can’t imagine” being elected by delegates at the party’s Cleveland convention in July, he added, “I don’t think anyone in our party should say, ‘Oh no, even if the people in the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it’”.
The brash real estate mogul Trump is ahead in the all-important delegate count for the Republicans, having won 10 of the 15 states that have voted to date in the process that determines the nominees for both parties.
On the Democratic side, voters in Louisiana, Kansas and Nebraska were weighing in on Saturday on the race between Clinton, the former secretary of state, and Bernie Sanders, a US senator from Vermont. To participate, registered voters don’t have to be registered members of the GOP – they could just walk in on election day. Rubio has won one. A GOP official told CNN turnout was so high that some caucus sites ran out of ballots. And Trump said he will clinch the GOP nomination if he wins the primary.
Donald Trump is leading Marco Rubio in the Florida senator’s home state by 8 percentage points, a Monmouth University poll out Monday shows.
“I believe that he is a true fighter for conservatives”, said Berry, a 67-year-old retired AT&T manager.
“Trump’s history as a con artist is being exposed”, said spokesman Alex Conant.
Trump said that he thinks Cruz is the candidate losing momentum. Only 7% said that it would make them “more likely” to vote for the candidate Romney endorsed, while a whopping 39% said is would make them “less likely” to vote for that candidate.
One ironic twist to Saturday’s voting was the backstory to the GOP contest in Kentucky. Rubio had one win in Minnesota.
But Cruz suggested it was time for Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to go.
On the Democratic side, Clinton hoped that strong support among African Americans in Louisiana would propel her to victory. But in terms of delegates, Clinton continues to dominate with at least 1,117 to Sanders’s 477. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.
The three states holding Democratic contests on Saturday have a total of 109 delegates at stake.
Clinton will gain more than half of Louisiana’s 51 delegates, erasing Sanders’ modest delegate gain in Nebraska. He’s hoping his emphasis on reducing income inequality plays well in a state hit hard over the years by shifting economic trends and globalization.
In the overall race for delegates, Trump led with 335 and Cruz had 248. A Romney endorsement for either John Kasich or Marco Rubio might help the one he endorses attract the other’s supporters, because 30% of Kasich and Rubio supporters say they would be influenced positively by a Romney endorsement.