Donald Trump is projected to win the New York Primary Tuesday but, the real estate mogul is losing the delegates in states he’s already won. Ted Cruz’s campaign has done a masterful job in backdooring Trump by getting delegates to pledge their support to him in the event that Trump doesn’t get the required 1,237 delegates needed to avoid a contested convention in Cleveland. According to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, what Cruz is doing is perfectly legal under the current rules set forth at the last Republican Convention.
Trump often says that he is not a politician and that has become painfully true to his supporters. Even though he is winning the popularity contest, a savvy, and more cunning politician is eating his lunch when it comes to winning over delegates. The support for Cruz is undoubtedly due to the dissatisfaction with an uncontrollable Trump at the head of the ticket in November. Trump along with all the Republican candidates signed a pledge stating that they would support whoever in the Republican nominee. Trump made a preference that his support would be based on whether he feels that he’s been treated fairly.
With the elimination of Marco Rubio from the campaign, an all-out movement to, “Stop Trump” has been launched with the benefactor by default of that movement being Ted Cruz. Both Cruz and Trump are seen as being outsiders by the Republican establishment, but Cruz is seen as being more palatable. Palatability at this point is viewed as being a necessary evil if the Republican Party hopes to keep control of the Senate and not lose ground in the House.
Recent polls have indicated that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would win against either Trump or Cruz yet John Kasich is shown to be a more formidable candidate against Clinton and Sanders. Kasich and Cruz presently have no mathematical chance of winning the required delegates under the current rules and are relying on a contested convention to ultimately oust the current front runner and send him back to being the man they run to when they need campaign contributions.
In contrast on the Democratic side, Sanders has taken off the gloves and is relentlessly attacking Clinton in a way that will ultimately weaken her in the general election. Sanders admittedly stated that he was seen as not having any chance of winning the Democratic nomination has amassed a following that has kept him in the race long after most candidates would have called it quits. Sanders is mostly appealing to young voters and those who are disgruntled with the “Clinton Machine.” Sanders who refers to himself as an Independent Socialist basically has no allegiance to the Democratic Party other than the fact that he would rather caucus with them instead of the Republican Party.
This self-proclaimed independence by Sanders is ultimately going to be the demise of his campaign as he continually attacks Clinton for he ties to the party and the Super Delegates she has amassed. Tuesday in New York will be a pivotal point in the Election of 2016 as both parties will have to do some serious soul searching. Do they continue to weaken their eventual nominee or do they unite behind that candidate in an effort to win the election? With the egos in the presidential campaign, it’s beginning to look as if both parties are headed to contested conventions.