Overshadowed by Trump and Rubio, Cruz looks to Texas for his last stand

By Katie Zezima March 1 at 11:09 AMSAN ANTONIO — After a stinging defeat in…

Georgia (Mar 1, 2016)  — After a stinging defeat in South Carolina, a drop in national polling and a fade to the background in news cycles, Ted Cruz came home to Texas this week and talked about his many battles. 


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There was the 2013 fight against an immigration reform bill, which Cruz described in the words of Alamo commander William Barret Travis as a “line in the sand.” There was his crusade to defeat the Affordable Care Act. And now there is Super Tuesday.

The presidential primary here on Tuesday is becoming a pitched battle for Cruz and, like the fight that occurred here in 1836, which Cruz has repeatedly referred to in recent days, it is one that could be his last stand.

Cruz has staked much of his candidacy on winning the large number of southern states that vote Tuesday, including what he calls the “crown jewel,” his home state of Texas. 

Since its inception, Cruz’s campaign has run a numbers- and data-heavy playbook focused on the delegate game, attempting to amass as many as possible — and the series of 11 primaries and caucuses Tuesday, many in the South, is key. …

Kerwin Swint, a professor of political science at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, said Cruz’s strategy is a good one — but the Trump phenomenon has caused everything to go haywire.

“Cruz’s strategy was sound for what they thought the race was going to look like and almost nobody saw the rise of Trump as being anything significant,” Swint said. “It’s shaken everything, it’s turned it all upside down.”

Nonetheless, Cruz is planning for what he believes will be a victory rally at a place named the Redneck Country Club Tuesday night.

“Tomorrow, Super Tuesday, is, I believe, the most important day in this entire primary,” he said.



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