The projected data in Nevada shows a big win for Donald Trump, and the Ted Cruz campaign in complete collapse after losing with conservative and evangelical voters.
With only 5% of the vote in, Trump has already been projected as the winner with Marco Rubio in second place, and Ted Cruz sinking to third. If the second and third place results hold, it will be proof that Rubio has passed Cruz.
There was much handwringing over Cruz after his Iowa win, but it has all been downhill for the Texas Republican since his caucus win in the Hawkeye State. Cruz fell to a surprise third place finish in South Carolina, and after his campaign had promoted an inaccurate video of Rubio, they fired the campaign’s spokesperson.
Ted Cruz is not going anywhere. He has lots of money and a lead in Cruz’s home state of Texas. The Republican race is a three person race. A three or more candidate race benefits Donald Trump. The Republican Party is absolutely desperate to get the contest down to a one on one showdown between Trump and Rubio.
The fact that Trump won with very conservative and evangelical voters suggests that Cruz has fallen way behind Trump with his own constituency. It is difficult to see how Cruz can beat Trump, and it is going to be difficult for him to pass Rubio.
The Republican primary is increasingly becoming Donald Trump’s race to lose. What Republicans don’t want to face is that Donald Trump is running away with their nomination. In a few more weeks, the GOP might not be able to catch Trump.
Democrats are very close to getting their wish of Donald Trump being the Republican nominee.