Businessman, and 2016 Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, has won the Arizona Republican presidential preference primary by a substantial margin. With 94% of all precincts reporting, Trump has managed to accumulate 246,543 votes, or a staggering 47.1% of all votes cast. Texas Senator Ted Cruz received 129,429 votes, or 24.7%, while Ohio Governor John Kasich finished in third place with 52,462 votes, or 10% of the total.
Cruz had been saying over and over for the past week, as he had previously done in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and North Carolina, that he was going to win. However, the people who matter the most on election day, the voters, did not agree with him; just like in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and North Carolina.
The race was not even close, from the time that ballots began being counted until the major television networks called the race for Trump. Trump demonstrated that he has staying power, that he can build upon his base of supporters, and he can win without the help of political action committees or PACs. For Cruz, his message was not heard, and it appears that even with PAC money, it’s not making any difference in primary outcomes.
Cruz believes that he can beat Trump nationwide, but that claim has not been proven. He could gain some ground on Trump, but he has to prove that he can win the big battleground states, and he just keeps losing those contests. Making inflammatory comments about Muslims in the wake of the Brussels bombing yesterday didn’t help either.
Cruz has yet to shake off his bible-thumping, “I am campaigning because God told me to” attitude, and is not connecting with the moderately conservative voter. Those voters are going to Trump at an astonishing rate, leaving Cruz with a much smaller base of supporters than Trump has, and will continue to have.
The impression is starting to form that Cruz is far more dangerous as president than Trump could ever be, and this draws even more supporters to Trump. Trump did well among all demographics in the state, and is only losing in one county by 4 votes total.
Donald Trump just keeps on winning and winning when it matters the most, leaving the “dump Trump” movement with fewer and fewer options to try and slow him down. Race baiting by Democrats and the failure of the Republican party to change course has Trump in a position to become the first populist president since John F. Kennedy to win the White House. Now the party is fracturing, and it looks like Cruz is still unable to prove that he can win critical states necessary to win in November.
Once again, Trump said he was going to win, and he did when it mattered the very most. Trump’s next big challenge will be when Wisconsin is on the election day calendar, on Tuesday, Aprill 5, 2016, when Trump faces another winner take all primary election.
Trump collected all 58 delegates in Arizona, where the winner of the election gets all the delegates. With the victory, Trump now has 738 bound delegates for the party’s national convention in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. Cruz has 463, and Kasich has 143 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright and avoid a floor fight at the convention.
Trump’s win sends a powerful message to those who keep trying to take him down: To be the man, you have to beat the man. For Trump its all about the winning. Once again the Trump slogan on the night was, “just win”; and that is exactly what he did.