Despite voters turning away from the Cruz campaign in recent weeks, Senator Cruz was confident he was still winning the delegate battle as his campaign amassed more and more delegates who pledged to support him at the GOP convention this summer.
Now all that behind-closed-doors machinations appears to be on the verge of collapse as more recent reports suggest a growing number of Republican delegates who once declared themselves supporting Ted Cruz are having second thoughts as Donald Trump continues to surge in both state and national polls and appears poised to secure the nomination prior to the convention.
A just-published New York Times report on the subject of defecting Cruz delegates put it this way:
Ted Cruz’s Support Softens Among the Delegates He Courted
It turns out that delegates — like ordinary voters — are susceptible to shifts in public opinion. And as the gravitational pull of Mr. Trump’s recent primary landslides draws more Republicans toward him, Mr. Cruz’s support among the party’s 2,472 convention delegates is softening, threatening his hopes of preventing Mr. Trump’s nomination by overtaking him in a floor fight.
And just as it was the Republican party machine that allowed Cruz the ability to poach various state delegates even after Donald Trump secured sizable primary election victories in those states, it is the same GOP Establishment that is now informing those same delegates that Trump’s seeming inevitability requires they now unify behind Mr. Trump to ensure the party is more ready to do battle against Hillary Clinton in November:
Jim Poolman, a delegate from North Dakota. “I’m not in the anybody-but-Trump campaign.”
The anybody-but-Trump movement within the Republican establishment is quickly transforming into an “anybody-but-Hillary” movement that is directly benefiting Mr. Trump’s now growing base of support which in turn is leaving Ted Cruz on the outside looking in.
In short, all that effort Mr. Cruz utilized to win over delegates is now proving to be a waste of considerable time and resources as many of those same delegates are quietly moving toward supporting Donald Trump.
This trend has become so pronounced in fact, Establishment Republicans who had earlier all but overtaken the day-to-day operations of the Cruz campaign, are now said to be openly suggesting to the Texas senator he bow out should he lose the Indiana primary tomorrow.
It would appear the sun is now setting on Ted Cruz’s 2016 White House bid.