Trump Wins 5 of 6, Cruz Loses 6 and Helps Kasich Finally Win One by Underperforming
Unfortunately for republicans and conservatives (including Cruz), Cruz's clever underperforming strategy not only delays the inevitable, but helps the Democrat presidential candidate.
Yesterday Donald Trump had a terrific day, winning 5 out of 6 contests--Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Trump did not win the sixth contest, Ohio, because Ohio native and current Ohio governor John Kasich was running hard to win and Cruz managed to lose Ohio badly enough for Kasich to win.
Trump's All-american strategy is to win by winning.
Cruz's peculiar strategy is to win by losing.
Cruz isn't eligible to be President of the United States, because he is a natural born Canadian, not a natural born United States citizen.
The Constitution does not explicitly prohibit anyone from running, so Cruz is in the race for the Republican presidential and he;;bent on being the last person standing.
Cruz is a well financed candidate, a skilled debate and a clever strategist.
Nevertheless, what the famously very conservative Cruz has accomplished by his clever strategy is to delay the day that Trump will amass a majority of the delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention. and sensible Republicans and conservatives will have to answer this critical question: who do you want to nominate Supreme Court Justices and federal judges, Trump or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders)?
Even Cruz has acknowledged repeatedly that he would support Trump.
Yesterday Cruz's election strategy was to have Trump win Florida, home state of Marco Rubio big enough to force Rubio to suspend his presidential campaign.
That's what happened.
Cruz won more than 17% of the Florida Republican primary vote, without trying to maximize his share of the Florida vote.
Trump didn't need Cruz's help to win Florida.
Trump won more of the Florida Republican primary vote than Rubio and Cruz combined, as Cruz's decision to stay in the race in Florida led to a humiliating defeat for Rubio that forced Rubio to suspend his presidential campaign.
Trump did not get any extra delegates because Cruz strategically underperformed in Florida, since Florida is a winner take all state and Trump won it by almost 20 points.
In Ohio, Cruz cleverly helped Kasich win his home state, because Cruz's Ohio Republican primary vote share was meager, about 13% of the vote.
Compare neighboring Illinois, There Cruz won more than 30% of the Republican primary vote, nearly twice Cruz's meager Ohio share.
If Cruz had won 30% of the vote in Ohio, Trump would have won Ohio easily instead of Kasich.
Kasich won in Ohio by about 11% of the vote.
Cruz did much better than 30% in the two other states in which he ran to win.
Compare Missouri, where Cruz won 40% of the vote.
Compare North Carolina, where Cruz won 38% of the vote.
If Cruz could not had won 30% of the Ohio vote if he had tried his best there, he shouldn't be running.
Unfortunately for Republicans and conservatives (including Cruz), Cruz's clever underperforming strategy not only delays the inevitable, but helps the Democrat presidential candidate.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.