A clearly relieved Ted Cruz thanked the people of Wisconsin for his big win of the night over Donald Trump. Cruz started by enumerating his previous wins to lukewarm clapping from the crowd. The Texas Senator slammed the media for having put Wisconsin in Trump’s lane, and for being proven wrong about that.
The Cruz win means that the likelihood of a contested convention in Cleveland is almost a foregone conclusion. Cruz is convinced he would beat Hillary Clinton in the general election, but her supporters might think otherwise. Senator Cruz benefited from the endorsement of stubbornly resilient Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a former candidate for president who dropped out of the race last year. Cruz gave his wife Heidi two long, big hugs, possibly a rebuttal to Trump’s mocking on twitter that caused an uproar the previous week.
Now, with another big election day just concluded, all campaigns are stepping up their game in preparation for the upcoming primaries in the Northern states, but front runner Donald Trump hasn’t had a smooth ride leading up to this week’s election.
While it appears that Mr. Trump is immune to television ads, he is not free from controversy. Over the last week, Trump has had one of the worst weeks in his campaign, and though he does not admit it was “the worst” week of his campaign, he did do the unthinkable, show regret for his actions.
After posting an unflattering picture of Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi, Donald Trump has formally acknowledged his poor judgment in the infamous Twitter post. During the week a heated war of words continued to escalate between Trump and Cruz, and after the PAC announced a brazen political ad focusing on future campaigns, Trump fired back on his main media outlet, Twitter.
Twitter posts were not his only hit this past week, and after his comments about “punishing women who seek abortions”, Trump went on the defense to “clarify” his comments about his response to the question. Stating “I wasn’t happy with the answer because I didn’t think the people would understand my response so I wanted to clarify.” One thing is clear, the last 10 days have been filled with heated debate, retraction, and on-going political scandal.
With 42 delegates in the balance, Trump battled, but failed to regain his foothold against Cruz who had a more than 10% lead in the Tuesday primary. Certainly, Trump’s recent flip flop on abortion and poor taste utterances in media posts had an impact on this state’s outcome, leaving Cruz to secure his win by showing his more conservative side to the Republican voters of Wisconsin.
As the state continues to widen its major republican divide, Trump supporters may have only been interested in this election due to the front runner. While those opposed to Trump indicate they would do anything to get this businessman out of the race. Regardless of the outcome, the upcoming Wisconsin primary will be a close race and serious impact on either candidate’s campaign.
The voters are taking sides as more of the Republican candidates withdraw from the race, and Cruz has seen a major influx of Rubio supporters come over to his camp. With up to 47% of those voters siding with Cruz, Trump took a hit when only 13% reported that they would switch to the businessman’s campaign and show support.
Rubio supporters are not the only shift in the election, opposers of the billionaire have had no problem finding more dirt to fuel the fire when it comes to the Anti-Trump rally. Combined with Trump’s constant struggle to gain traction with the Latino and African American electorate, and continued friction with women voters, the voice of America has risen over the last few months with more people swaying to one side or the other as the presidential campaign continues to move forward.
In summary, this round of presidential elections continues to be one for the record books, and whether or not you support Donald Trump, one thing is clear, the process by which presidential nominees address the public, run for office, and gather voters is going through tremendous twists and turns.