The news media today is pushing the headline about Trump winning Michigan and Mississippi because that’s what suits their desired outcome: Trump winning the Republican nomination. However, the reality is that Ted Cruz accomplished everything he wanted to do yesterday.
I’m not just saying that as an after the fact justification either. Yesterday, before the votes started, I said that Ted Cruz wanted to do three things. He accomplished all three in stellar fashion.
First, it was important for Cruz to gain a win to keep his momentum and to verify his claim that he is still able to beat Donald Trump regularly. Cruz accomplished that in Idaho, racking up nearly 50 percent of the vote in a state where the polling showed Donald Trump ahead just last week. Due to Idaho’s bizarre delegate allocation rules and Rubio’s failure to clear the 20 percent delegate threshold, Cruz got the bonus reward of gaining all 32 delegates from Idaho, making it effectively a winner-take-all state.
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