Bellicose billionaire Donald Trump on Tuesday crushed his rivals in his home turf of New York where he presides over his real estate empire. But even he could not win over Manhattan county, where the glittering Trump Tower stands on Fifth Avenue. Despite “Trumper Tantrums”, claims of rigged elections, and threats of “a rough July” convention, apparently only 23 people in the Tower voted for him. Governor Kasich of Ohio still managed to sneak in and win “the city that never sleeps”. With momentum from wins in caucuses, and the controversial no vote primary in Colorado, Ted Cruz of Texas previously demonstrated his political ground game by out-maneuvering the outspoken New Yorker in acquiring a sizable share of delegates. With his recent win in Wisconsin, Cruz thought he had a fighting chance to gain the needed 1,237 delegates to secure the Presidential Nomination. Now, it’s not so clear.
Cruz Shifts Gears
Cruz counted on his more traditional and conservative persona as a major factor and winning combination for his Wisconsin victory. But after insulting New Yorkers with his “New York values” comment, voters in the Big Apple showed him exactly what they thought of him. Recently, Cruz has stepped up his focus on core beliefs, religion, and his connection with the Evangelical voter base focusing on ending taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood. After his overwhelming victory, Cruz is cruising on the “turning point” of the GOP and now his focus is to continue applying pressure to Trump’s first ballot chances at the convention in Cleveland.
The Delegate Factor
While some say that Cruz doesn’t have a chance to win the overall election, with each delegate won on his campaign, it gets closer to tripping up Trump and his sweeping win for the nomination. In order to win a first ballot placement in July, a candidate needs to get a total of 1,237 delegates. Cruz is counting on this number to disrupt the Trump campaign. If Trump fails to get his total delegate count, then the GOP will be forced to enter a Brokered Convention, the first of it’s kind since 1952. With the modern participants that hold the power to decide, including campaign allies, political consultants and other groups, the traditional power players of this process will not be in place, making a brokered convention much more risky.
Trump hasn’t been out of the spot light in recent news and he continues to throw what some have coined his “Trumper Tantrums”. Just a few days ago, Cruz took another hit at Trump announcing that his campaign was selling baby apparel inspired by Trump’s tantrums saying, “Enough with the Trumpertantrums already”.
Rigged Election and Threats of Not Winning
Trump hasn’t taken the recent change in momentum lightly, and he continues to support his theory that the elections are rigged and set to work against him. Recently, Trump took to the press citing that Colorado’s GOP decision was rigged by not having a popular vote convention, giving his camp a slight boost in the polls. Exploding on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Trump said, “I’ve gotten millions … of more votes than [Sen. Ted] Cruz, and I’ve gotten hundreds of delegates more, and we keep fighting, fighting, fighting, and then you have a Colorado where they just get all of these delegates, and it’s not [even] a system,” Trump said. “There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything. There’s no voting.” If that wasn’t enough, Trump also threatened the Republican National Committee saying, “The Republican National Committee, they’d better get going, because I’ll tell you what: You’re going to have a rough July at that convention,” Trump said Saturday afternoon at a campaign rally in Syracuse. “You’d better get going, and you’d better straighten out the system because the people want their vote. The people want their vote, and they want to be represented properly.”
So what does a brokered convention mean for the Republican Party? There are several possible outcomes when it comes to a brokered convention, and Trump knows that the risk of his securing the nomination becomes seriously compromised if the elections get to this process. The main factor being those in power that decide the final outcome.
The Recent Numbers
With Trump’s massive win in New York, here are the current delegate numbers for the Republican Presidential candidates. The battle continues with five more primaries coming up on April 26th.