Cruz victorious in first of five Saturday election contests


Ted Cruz steamrolled over Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in the Kansas caucuses in heavy “Super Saturday” voting and racked up a win in ME, signaling the fight isn’t yet over for the GOP nomination.

Clinton actually won more delegates than Sanders and maintains a significant lead in the delegate count, with 1,121 delegates compared to 479 for Sanders. Ted Cruz won in ME and Kansas. The Texas senator and Trump were in a tight race in the Kentucky caucuses.
Cruz, a tea party favorite, attributed his strong showing to conservatives coalescing behind his candidacy, calling it a “manifestation of a real shift in momentum”. He has contrasted his steadfast conservative record to Trump’s shifting positions on such issues as abortion and past campaign donations to Democrats, including Clinton.
“The scream you hear, the howl that comes from Washington, D.C., is the utter terror at what we the people are doing together”, Cruz told fans in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho after the Kansas win, per the Associated Press.
Trump has a substantial lead in the delegates needed to secure the nomination at the Republican National Convention, but has come under a barrage of blistering attacks from his party’s establishment.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at a campaign rally held at the Univers … Turnout in Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas exceeded the party’s most optimistic predictions.
“Marco has to get out of the race”.
But Cruz suggested it was time for Rubio and Kasich to go.
But until Rubio starts putting actual W’s on the board and starts cutting into the delegate advantage both Trump and Cruz have built, it’s a hard argument to make.
Overall, Trump has prevailed in 10 of 15 contests heading into Saturday’s voting.
Cruz blocked Trump from a clean sweep, however, carrying the day in his home state of Texas and scoring victories in Oklahoma and Alaska. If you see a couple of names conspicuously missing from the headlines, those would be John Kasich and Marco Rubio.
There is another round of primaries March 8 (including MI and MS on the Republican side) but the most attention is on March 15, when two large winner-takes-all states are up for grabs: senator Rubio’s home state of Florida (where polls show Mr Trump comfortably leading) and governor Kasich’s home state of OH (where the latest survey shows Mr Trump narrowly ahead). Trump was projected to win Kentucky and Louisiana, while Cruz won Kansas and Maine.
Gov. Matt Bevin said the move helped bring early attention to state, where Trump headlined a rowdy gathering in Louisville. Rubio had 116 delegates and Kasich had 28.
It takes a total of 1,237 delegates to capture the Republican nomination.
She pointed to the tainted water scandal in Flint, Michigan as another case in which “poor people and people of color have been left behind” – a situation she said she’d strive to correct. Trump still leads polls in the state, and Cruz indicated this week he’s not ceding the Sunshine State either. There were 109 at stake on Saturday.
Clinton hoped that strong support among blacks in Louisiana would propel her to victory. Louisiana was off by 70,000 votes from 2008, Nebraska was way down, too, but the Kansas caucuses were up marginally.
Seeking some traction, Rubio again denounced Trump as a fraud and a “con artist”.
The four Republican contests on Saturday together account for just 155 delegates and were the first since retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson dropped from the race. At a later rally in Jacksonville, Florida, he pleaded for support from the same city “that believed in me” in his Senate race.
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.