Cruz campaign outmaneuvers Trump again in Maine

Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons
Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons

The Week reports on yet more bungling from the disorganized Trump campaign.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) snagged at least 65 of the 94 delegates awarded Saturday, boosting his shot at winning the Republican National Convention’s hypothetical second ballot, should Donald Trump not secure the Republican Party’s nomination outright.

The senator picked up 19 of 20 delegates in Maine, 36 of 37 in Utah, nine in Minnesota, and one in South Carolina, Politico reports. Kentucky delegates did not reveal their leanings.

How did he do it? Was it witchcraft? That’s what that clown Trump says. It’s voodoo! And the media repeats everything he says, because they want the Republicans to nominate a clown.

So what really happened?

Cruz volunteer hands out signs at the Maine GOP Convention
Cruz volunteer hands out signs at the Maine GOP Convention

Bangor Daily News explains:

In a blow to Gov. Paul LePage, supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz took at least 19 of Maine’s 23 delegates to the party’s national convention on Saturday.

They outmaneuvered front-runner Donald Trump — who is endorsed by the governor — on the floor of Maine’s state convention with an eye toward a potential contested national convention in July between Trump, Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

“The grass-roots here is unbelievable,” said Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, one of the leaders of Cruz’s Maine campaign. “I’ve honestly never seen anything like it in my tenure in politics.”

The Texas senator won 12 of 23 national convention delegates at Maine’s March caucuses, with Trump winning nine and Kasich two. But they’re only bound to their candidates on a first ballot at the convention in Cleveland. On subsequent ballots, they can vote for anyone.

Trump is in front, but he isn’t on track to have enough delegates to win the nomination outright before the convention. If he falls short, it would likely go to a second ballot for the first time since 1948, leaving an opening for Cruz and Kasich.

Cruz’s campaign used majority support at the Maine convention to install 19 supporters — some of whom would vote for other candidates, then switch to Cruz on a second ballot — as delegates.

It was a big loss for Trump and LePage, even though the governor was elected as a delegate from Maine on Saturday, overcoming an effort from Cruz supporters to reject his bid.

[…][Cruz’s] campaign circulated a slate of Cruz-approved delegate candidates earlier this week and during voting, Cruz activists paced the convention floor with posters showing it, with Trump and Kasich supporters aligning behind LePage’s unsuccessful ticket.


Things will be difficult for Cruz in the near term, as Donald Trump always does well in states that are more liberal, since he is a liberal. And the next few states are filled with liberals like Trump.

As the election race continues, though, more and more of Trump’s real liberal positions are coming back. Well, I mean he believed them all up until just before he decided to run, but he had to hide them to fool his gullible supporters. Last week, he came out in favor of rape and incest exceptions to the pro-life view – a position which the Republican Party does not hold. He also expressed his support for men using women’s bathrooms, if they feel that is appropriate. And he wants to raise taxes.

Cruz is even running an ad about Trump’s new position:

So how does the race look? This article on Soshable explains:

Here’s the reality. If Cruz can win Indiana and stay close or even beat Trump in California, it’s virtually impossible for Trump to get 1,237 delegates on the first ballot. If it goes to a second ballot, Cruz’s chances of getting to 1,237 are much higher than Trump’s. New York didn’t change that. Trump’s upcoming victories in the Northeast states on Tuesday won’t change that, either. Indiana will decide whether the race continues. After that, California will decide the outcome.

Cruz will win Indiana unless the media can make their false narrative stick. Polls show it to be close. In fact, they’re very similar to Iowa before Cruz came in and won. That was a caucus state, so we can’t really count on the same results, but the most demographically similar state to Indiana is Wisconsin which Cruz won handily.

California is a different story, but at this point in the race the polls are worthless. We have over a month until then. Early voting starts shortly after Indiana results are in, so a win becomes even more important for Cruz.

With all of this understood, there’s only one conclusion for Cruz supporters: keep fighting tooth and nail. Don’t listen to the mainstream media’s narrative. Don’t lose hope. Cruz has run an incredible campaign and his strength in delegates will result in the nomination as long as we can keep the pressure up, win in Indiana, and do well in California. All of the other states are pretty much set.

As Trump’s policies keep shifting to the left, Republicans are starting to realize that he’s a Democrat clothed in the singular conservative principle of building a wall (which Cruz has wanted to do since 2012). We need to persevere through the lies being told by the media and remain resolute in our convictions to make the last conservative in the race the next GOP nominee.

Well, Cruz himself is very busy running ads and doing interviews.

Here’s one of his latest ads:

Pretty slick. And here he is on the Mark Levin show:

It all comes down to Indiana and California now, and Cruz has been in there organizing for months already.

5 thoughts on “Cruz campaign outmaneuvers Trump again in Maine”

  1. Anybody have any idea of just how many delegates Cruz currently has going for him? For he will need 1237 votes as well. And he will be starting with less than Trump going into the convention. Apparently, 60% will be free on the second ballot, (and 80% will be free on the third) to vote for whomever they choose. Trouble is, 5% will be free on the FIRST ballot, which equates to approx. 124 delegates that could vote for Trump right off the bat. So even if Trump arrives at the convention with only 1100+ bound delegates, he COULD browbeat/bully/blackmail/bribe enough of the 5% to put him over the top on the FIRST ballot. Seems as though Team Cruz needs to keep Trump under 1100 delegates going in, to assure a second/third ballot, etc., thus greatly increasing Cruz’ chances of a win.
    Maybe that’s why USA Today is reporting that Kasich is pulling out of Indiana to give Cruz his best shot at beating Trump there.

    Any thoughts?


      1. Thanks, WK! That confirms a lot of my post, altho’ we still don’t know how many committed Cruz delegates there are currently. He’s been doing the grunt work that Trump hasn’t, and it would be great to see the Donald lose due to his own laziness, arrogance and rookie status. I used to call him a clown and a carny-barker, but that was too kind a description. The man is a pig, and a Democrat in wolf’s clothing.

        But other than that, I don’t have any strong feelings about the guy.


        1. Sounds like a RINO to me now that he joined the establishment. Forget the voters we need the machine. As a life long Republican I have been shocked by this election. From,day one this has been going on. My guy Bobby Jendel got eliminated right off Then I watched the system do everything it could to stop Trump. He is running against them all from day one as well as the Democrats. And we wonder why the Republicans are so ineffective.


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