Wow, this is unexpected. A new CBS News poll released Sunday has Ted Cruz trailing trailing Donald Trump by 4 points in Illinois.
Donald Trump keeps his lead in winner-take-all Florida, at 44 percent over Ted Cruz’s 24 percent and Marco Rubio’s 21 percent. In Ohio, Governor John Kasich is tied with Trump 33 percent to 33 percent, in two of the big winner-take-all delegate prizes up on Tuesday.
In Florida, home-state Sen. Marco Rubio has been trying to get traction against Trump, but still trails. Sen. Ted Cruz has overtaken Rubio in Florida. In Illinois Trump also leads, 38 percent to 34 percent over Cruz, who is in striking distance, with Kasich back at 16 percent. The findings across the three states may suggest Cruz is emerging more generally in the minds of many non-Trump voters as the alternative to the frontrunner.
Cruz is in second place in Florida, while Rubio is in third place. I have to think that a poll like this two days before the Florida primary would cause Rubio to drop out and endorse Cruz. Rubio is just trailing by too much to catch Trump.
Red State is reporting that Cruz plans to do FIVE rallies in Illinois on Monday, the final day of campaigning before a number of significant state-level elections on Tuesday.
According Teddy Schleifer of CNN, Ted Cruz’s team has scheduled five separate rallies in Illinois tomorrow as the Senator looks to make one last push in the state. With his surprise second place showing in Michigan, the Cruz team must have seen something in their numbers to think Cruz could do well enough in IL to grab a chunk of delegates away from Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz will rally in:
— Rockford, IL
— Glen Ellyn, IL
— Peoria, IL
— Decatur, IL
— Springfield, IL
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) March 13, 2016
This Tuesday, we’ll see elections from Florida (99), Illinois (69), Missouri (52), North Carolina (72), the Northern Mariana Islands (9) and Ohio (66).
Ted Cruz’s record of conservative achievements
Ted Cruz is also the most qualified candidate running.
Young Conservatives explains his achievements:
- Graduated valedictorian in 1988 from Second Baptist High School
- Graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1992
- Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995
- 1992 U.S. National Debate Champion representing Princeton
- 1995 World Debating Championship semi-finalist representing Harvard
- Served a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, making him the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States
- Served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008, making him the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the entire country and the longest tenure in Texas history
- Partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice
- Authored over 80 SCOTUS briefs and presented over 40 oral arguments before The Court
- Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation
Here are the specifically conservative achievements:
- In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of 31 states in defense of the principle that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms
- Presented oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds,
- Defended the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
- Defended the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States
He’s 5 for 9 arguing cases before the Supreme Court. Cruz knows how to convince liberal scholars to come over to his side. That’s what he enjoys – persuading people who disagree with him.
Here’s some of the legislation he introduced:
- ObamaCare Repeal Act
- Disarm Criminals and Protect Communities Act
- Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
- A bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to permit States to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for Federal office
- State Marriage Defense Act of 2014
- A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the intentional discrimination of a person or organization by an employee of the Internal Revenue Service
- A bill to prohibit the Department of the Treasury from assigning tax statuses to organizations based on their political beliefs and activities
- American Energy Renaissance Act of 2014
- A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests
- SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2014
- Free All Speech Act of 2014
- A bill to prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawfully created by Executive memorandum on August 15, 2012
- Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act of 2014
And he has gotten more legislation passed than Marco Rubio in the Senate:
He has done something to address so many of the things I’ve been writing about on this blog – voter fraud, IRS discriminating against conservatives, etc. I am a Cruz supporter because I like Cruz, not because I oppose Trump and Rubio.
- Which candidate is best at working with Democrats to get things done?
- Ted Cruz’s plan to lower taxes and simplify the process for filing tax returns
- Ted Cruz explains his position on the issues of abortion and right to life
- Ted Cruz introduces new bill to help ICE Agents enforce immigration laws
- Ted Cruz fought Rubio’s amnesty in 2013 and fought Obama’s executive amnesty in 2014
- Meet Ted Cruz’s secret weapon: his supportive and loving wife Heidi Cruz
- Watch Ted Cruz disagree with an Iowa farmer on the issue of ethanol subsidies
- Is Marco Rubio right about his attacks on Ted Cruz’s business tax plan?
- Ted Cruz’s scary, unreported, undisclosed Goldman Sachs loan
- Harvard Law Review: Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen and is eligible to become President
- Ted Cruz blasts Democrats for hiding immigration histories of terrorists in the USA
- CNN Debate: Ted Cruz hammers Marco Rubio over support for amnesty and Libya disaster
- Ted Cruz invites climate scientists to Washington, D.C. to discuss climate change
- The FIVE departments that Ted Cruz would shut down if elected president