Tomorrow, Indiana Republicans vote in a primary that’s make-or-break for Ted Cruz. He’s already been mathematically eliminated (there aren’t enough delegates left for him to reach 1,237, even if he won them all). But winning Indiana’s winner-take-all race could slow Trump’s momentum and keep him from reaching the magic number, too.
As to whether that would actually benefit Cruz in the long run is a point for debate. No matter what happens, Trump will arrive at the convention with hundreds more delegates than Cruz. If party leaders deny him the nomination, that will kick a whole different hornet’s nest. And if they won’t give the nomination to the delegate leader, why would they give it to Cruz, who has far fewer delegates and isn’t that much more popular with party elites than Trump is?
Cruz picked up a valuable endorsement from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, but its impact was blunted when Pence spent much of his time praising Donald Trump before endorsing Cruz. And if endorsements still influence voters (a questionable premise), Trump may have the high card with his endorsement from former Indiana Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight. As a former governor myself, I have to admit that if any candidate in Arkansas had a choice between my endorsement or a nod from the coach of the Razorbacks, they’d be crazy to pick me.
To read more about tomorrow's Indiana primary, read this TPNN article here.