In major breaking news, popular Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is expected to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz later today. According to CNN’s reporting, “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to endorse Ted Cruz Friday, just days before a primary that could make or break the Texas senator’s chances of halting Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.” Conservatives had wondered why Gov. Pence hadn’t endorsed Sen. Cruz. It’s well-known fact that Gov. Pence doesn’t like Mr. Trump.
Now that Gov. Pence is preparing to endorse Sen. Cruz, the question now is how much of an impact this will have on the Indiana primary. It isn’t a matter of whether Gov. Pence’s endorsement will have an impact. It’s a matter of how much impact it will have.
Earlier this morning, Sen. Cruz praised Gov. Pence, saying “I will say this: I have tremendous respect for Gov. Mike Pence. He has been an incredible leader for the state of Indiana. He has really demonstrated that when you cut taxes, when you reduce regulations, that jobs follow.”
The latest polling shows Mr. Trump leading Sen. Cruz by less than 2 points. That poll was conducted on Wednesday night. It isn’t a stretch to think that Sen. Cruz will get a 5-7 point bounce from Gov. Pence’s endorsement.
From an ideological standpoint, Indiana is definitely a winnable state for Sen. Cruz. Ultimately, the determining factor is whether conservatives are willing to throw in the towel and hand Mr. Trump the nomination or whether they’re prepared to keep fighting. If conservatives in Indiana are prepared to continue fighting, Sen. Cruz will comfortably win the Indiana primary.
Meanwhile, Trump is touting the fact that he’s been endorsed by convicted rapist Mike Tyson:
“Mike Tyson endorsed me,” Trump told the crowd. “I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that, OK?
“But Mike said, ‘I love Trump. I endorse Trump.’ And that’s the end. I’m sure he doesn’t know about your economic situation in Indiana. But when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness.”
That’s right, Mr. Trump. Tyson is a tough guy. Just ignore the fact that he’s a convicted rapist:
The former heavyweight champion, of course, has a history in Indianapolis. It was here where he was convicted of raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in 1992, and subsequently spent three years in prison.
What isn’t known is whether Tyson’s endorsement comes with his commitment to being chairman of Rapists for Trump outreach group. As these things become better known, it isn’t a stretch to think voters will be repulsed by Mr. Trump and his high profile supporters.