The big surprise in New York on Tuesday wasn’t Trump’s victory. It was the magnitude. The Donald beat expectations. He won 90 delegates (at this writing), giving him a shot at a first ballot nomination. Shot, that is, because Trump securing 1,237 delegates is still a tall order. A first ballot victory means Trump catching a lot of breaks in the remaining contests. An “undecided” convention is more a probability. Unless Trump can make a deal before the Republican convention starts at Cleveland on July 18.
For Trump, a deal should start with Ted Cruz. Right. Cruz ain’t buying. He’s trying to cut deals with the establishment to end-run Trump. That’s today, but tomorrow… that’s a different animal. In politics, the world can change dramatically in a matter of weeks. A Trump-Cruz ticket makes eminent good sense.
What’s riveting the media now is the prospect of an open convention. The preconvention period isn’t sexy. But the June 8 to July 18 window is critical. (June 7 is the last of the primaries, including California.) Deals made or not during that time could boost the GOP’s chances in November or doom them.
Of Trump’s route to the nomination, Jim Ellis, an elections analyst, writes:
Now Trump will need 57 percent of the outstanding delegates in the 15 Republican states yet to vote to score a first ballot win without needing any unbound delegates. He must earn another major victory in the eastern regional primary next Tuesday (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island) to offset what should be strong Cruz performances in Indiana (May 3), Nebraska (May 10), and South Dakota (June 7). Both Nebraska and South Dakota are Winner-Take-All, while Indiana is Winner-Take-All by congressional district.
Coming out of the June 7 contests, Trump should be close to the magic number, 1,237. The vital question is: What does Trump need to do to secure the nomination before the gavel falls in Cleveland?
It would be best if the two would unite against the Demon-crats. But I'm afraid there has been way to many sabers cast at each other for any meaningful relationship to exist. EVER......just sayin'
I would love to see this happen. They would be unbeatable IMHO.
Cruz is also ineligible for vice-president under Article 2. Trump knows this.
spot on, j klein... I'm a huge trump supporter (because I like somebody who says what he means & means what he says... BUT, IF trump were to have cruz on the ticket w/ him as his VP, then it would show me he wasn't that serious... trump DOES know the CANADIAN is ineligible for POTUS; which also means he's ineligible for VPOTUS... and, if cruz shows up on the ticket; I won't vote for trump... I can't...
I've been against barry soetoro's ineligibility since 2008; and I sure as hell am against Rafael cruz's too!
Maybe, but doubtful, Ted the Fake will hate to play second fiddle. Unless.......he is planning to eliminate Trump.
NO, Cruz is not eligible to be VP.
spot on! debra... since Rafael is NOT a natural born citizen, he's ineligible to be POTUS; and since he's ineligible for POTUS, that also make's him ineligible to be VPOTUS!
Cruz is a Establishment Globalist Free Trader and his wife is the alter ego of Hillary. She promoted the North American Union with Canada and eventually Mexico. History is not ready for things like this. The North American Union is similar in fashion with the European Union which promotes open borders, fluid populations and a one size fits all world government. And Cruz being born in Canada will still be a big question mark for many
I know there are many like myself will wonder about Trump's motivation if he picks Cruz. I would like to see someone like Congressman Duncan Hunter from California be his running mate.
I have voted for the Constitution Party presidential candidate since 1992, and most likely go back to where I came from if someone like Cruz is chosen. I suspect there are many other new comers who do t he same and go back to where they came from.
YES, YES, YES, ray... everything about your 1st paragraph is spot on! I don't know enough about Duncan Hunter to know if he'd be good as a VP (I like his stance on the military & illegal immigration). and, didn't he also work on getting Andrew tahmoorheesi released (as did trump). I agree that I too would question trump's motivation, if he picked cruz... and, I figured that IF trump has to run 3rd party; so be it... and, if I have to write him in; so be it... IF neither happens; I too will look towards the constitution party.... gotta go somewhere; I'm DONE w/ the GOP!
I hope not. Certainly there is more to choose from than this stateless man, who is a liar and a fraud.
'Can Trump and Cruz Make a Match?'
SURE !! ...after He's Disqualified by those 'rotten' Democrats as Not Eligible for the VP spot... All his followers will fall in behind Trump.
Love the idea :)
Go Trump !
Donald is upbeat. optimistic, cheerful, and inspiring. Ted Cruz is dark, mean, and petty, a side of him, only revealed after he began to run for President. Some things bring out the best in people, some things bring out the worst. Possibly Establishment and Outsider cannot work, together.. The Outsider, Trump must be elected, or else we're playing the "Insanity Game" again.