Now that Senator Ted Cruz won the GOP presidential primary election in Wisconsin, many are wondering what will happen next for his rival GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Perhaps Cruz’s victory in Wisconsin will give more momentum to the “Stop Trump” movement. But if Trump ends up winning his home state of New York, this movement could get crushed.
John Dickerson, who is a CBS News political director and host of “Face the Nation,” was interviewed by anchor Scott Pelley of “CBS Evening News” after the election and said Cruz’s victory was huge for his campaign.
“We still don’t know how the delegates are going to get apportioned, and that’s important,” Dickerson said Tuesday night before knowing what the results were in each congressional district. “If Cruz gets all 42, that’s a slam dunk win — that’s all the delegates in the state and it’s a possibility.”
Dickerson said the Trump campaign and the Cruz campaign will try to explain the reasoning behind these results.
“We’re going to see this battle between Cruz and Trump to argue why it happened,” Dickerson said. “Was it the idiosyncrasies of Wisconsin, or was it Donald Trump’s bad last week? Was it the fact that conservatives decided finally that he’s not really one of them? Whoever wins that argument, whoever defines what Wisconsin means, will then be able to fight it out over the next couple of weeks.”
According to Dickerson, the exit polls could answer some questions about the results.
“If you look at those who made up their mind in the last few days, Trump got 35% of the vote, Cruz got in the low 40s,” Dickerson said. “That’s not as big a margin as Cruz has in the overall vote. Given how bad the last week was for Donald Trump, you could imagine a real fall off the table, but in those who made their mind up in the last week, he didn’t do very well at all, and Cruz had a much bigger margin in that group. So it’s hard to figure out exactly what it might mean for him.”
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