Michael Gaynor
Trump wins 5 of 6, Cruz loses 6 and helps Kasich finally win one by underperforming
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By Michael Gaynor
March 17, 2016

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.

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Michael Gaynor

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... (more)

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