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Ted Cruz trails Donald Trump by 4 points in deep blue Illinois

Latest CBS news / YouGov poll has Cruz just behind Trump
Latest CBS news / YouGov poll has Cruz just behind Trump

Wow, this is unexpected. A new CBS News poll released Sunday has Ted Cruz trailing trailing Donald Trump by 4 points in Illinois.

Excerpt:

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

Smart guy.

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:

Laws enacted per year in Congress
Laws enacted per year in Congress

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.

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Do supporters of Donald Trump really support what Trump believes?

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

My friend Doug wrote a post addressed to all the evangelical Christians and Tea Party conservatives who support Trump, to ask them if they really support the actual policies and record of the man.

Doug writes:

Do you support Planned Parenthood, and do you approve of your tax dollars going to fund the abortion giant?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [1] [2] [3] [4]

I am not.

Do you identify with the Tea Party movement?

If your answer is, Yes, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook the fact that Donald Trump does not and has actively tried to defeat it? [5] [6] [7]

I am not.

Would you ever under any circumstance help the Democrats retake Congress from the Republicans?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [8]

I am not.

Do you like the idea of socialized, single-payer, government-run healthcare?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [9] [10]

I am not.

Do you support amnesty for those who are residing in our country illegally?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [11] [12]

I am not.

Do you like the ObamaCare mandate?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [13] [14]

I am not.

Do you want to see another liberal judge placed on the Supreme Court?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [15]

I am not.

Do you support Israel in the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

If your answer is, Yes, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook the fact that Donald Trump does not? [16] [17] [18] [19]

I am not.

Do you support gun control?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [20]

I am not.

Do you support the unconstitutional abuse of eminent domain?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [21] [22]

I am not.

Do you believe that Bush intentionally lied about Iraq?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [23]

I am not.

Do you approve of casinos, strip clubs, and extramarital affairs?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [24] [25]

I am not.

Would you ever under any circumstance donate money to Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [26]

I am not.

Do you like the idea of more “forward motion on gay rights”?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [27] [28] [29]

I am not.

Do you support the legality of partial birth abortion?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [30] [31] [32]

I am not.

Do you consider yourself a conservative on the most important political matters?

If your answer is, Yes, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [33]

I am not.

Do you think it’s OK to ban U.S. citizens from entering this country based on religion?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [34]

I am not.

Do you think that U.S. citizens should be required to register their religion with the government?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [35]

I am not.

Do you want a President who flip flops on important issues?

If your answer is, No, then you must ask yourself, Are you willing to overlook that shortcoming in Donald Trump? [36] [37] [38]

I am not.

But then, I am a Christian, an evangelical, and a consistent Constitutional conservative, and consequently, I do not support Donald Trump.

The question is, Do you? Do you really support the things that Donald Trump supports?

You can find the footnotes in the original post.

I’ve had conversations with Trump supporters about some of these issues, and the response I get is that Trump is leading in the polls. I actually sent one Trump supporter who told me this to Real Clear Politics, which catalogs all the polls that are done nationally and at the state level. The polls clear show that Trump does not win against Clinton nationally, and he does even worse against Bernie Sanders. The response of the Trump supporter? All the polls are biased. So, the polls that show Trump in the lead in the Republican primary are not biased, but the polls showing Trump losing to Clinton and Sanders are biased.

I’ve tried to speak to the Trump supporters about things like eminent domain, support for bank bailouts, single payer health care, touchback amnesty, Planned Parenthood support,support for Vladimir Putinadultery and divorce, support for the gay rights agenda, four bankruptcies, etc. Their response has been do deny the evidence. Trump never did those things, all the news articles are lies, and all the videos of Trump saying those things are fake.

Anyway, I like listening to Ben Shapiro and Ben has a new 6-minute video where he makes the case against Trump:

Doug, Ben, and myself are all supporters of Ted Cruz. I would urge Trump voters to reconsider their vote. Please share this post, and share the Ben Shapiro video, as well.

Ted Cruz improves quarterly fundraising from $12 million to $20 million

Texas Senator Ted Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz

I think there are a lot of Cruz supporters who are worried about whether Cruz has the financial support to win this race. If we were voting with our hearts, we would pick Cruz because he is the most conservative. But we don’t want to support someone who will run out of money and fold halfway through the campaign.

Well, I have some good news about that!

The Washington Examiner reports:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign raised $20 million during the final three months of 2015, according to the Cruz campaign. The end of the year fundraising total represents a marked increase compared to his third quarter fundraising sum of $12.2 million.

Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe wrote a memo to campaign staff that details how the campaign hauled in $45 million during the 2015 calendar year. More than 300,000 supporters donated to the Cruz campaign, and the average donation amounted to $67.

“Some campaigns are focused solely on a man, some on a movement. Ours is a hybrid of the two built to win,” Roe wrote. “There’s still plenty of work to be done to make Ted the Republican nominee and the next President, but as 2015 comes to a close, we are exactly where we want to be. Go. Fight. Win. This is OUR time!”

Roe’s memo also notes that the campaign has coordinators in each of the 163 congressional districts in the 24 states with nominating contests scheduled before March 15th. The campaign also boasts its success in recruiting more than 175,000 volunteers, and a donor base residing in two-thirds of all zip codes in the United States.

Cruz ranks first in the Washington Examiner‘s newest GOP presidential power rankings.

Cruz’s rival Marco Rubio is getting a lot of big money from pro-gay-rights donors and pro-amnesty donors. He is the favored candidate of the Republican establishment. He is famous for trying to push through an amnesty deal. Cruz is the outsider, and he doesn’t have the support of billionaire establishment donors. Cruz fought to stop Obama’s executive amnesty, so the establishment Republicans hate him and they are giving him no support. That’s why this donation-related news is so encouraging. Cruz is keeping up with the billionaire-backed candidates like Rubio because he has the support of so many individual conservative donors.

But there is even more good news if you look at the state of the PACs who are supporting Cruz.

The Hill reports:

In the mid-year reports, Cruz’s super-PACs disclosed nearly $38 million [in] donations, which put him second only to former Florida Gov. Bush in outside support.

But unlike Bush’s super-PAC Right to Rise — which has been spending its $103 million rapidly on TV advertising — Cruz’s super-PACs have been sitting on their cash.

Bush isn’t getting any kind of bump in the polls for all this spending by his PACs. Meanwhile, Cruz is in first or second place in so many states even though Cruz PACs have not been spending much money at all!

Here is the latest poll from Real Clear Politics that just came out on Wednesday:

Latest poll for the Nevada Republican primary
Latest poll for the Nevada Republican primary

I think for people who would like to vote for Cruz but are worried whether he can go the distance, the answer right now is a resounding YES. He’s in a much better position financially than all of the other GOP candidates.