Sen. Ted Cruz believes in his ability to win or at the very least be highly competitive in California’s Republican presidential primary. However, if new polling released this week is correct, it seems as though that belief may be nothing more than blind optimism.
According to a survey released by KABC in Los Angeles, Cruz now trails Republican front-runner Donald Trump by a whopping 34 points in the Golden State. The SurveyUSA poll of 2,011 registered California voters shows Trump at 54 percent, Cruz at 20 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 16 percent.
California is a large state that offers 172 delegates in total. If Trump, who is currently at 996 delegates (more than 400 ahead of Cruz), wins all or most of those delegates in the June 7 election, it could be enough to put the New York billionaire over the top of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright.
Advertisement - story continues below
Mathematically, Cruz himself has admitted that after his poor showing in New York only Trump has the possibility of reaching the magic number of 1,237. In California, however, only 13 delegates go to the state’s outright winner while the rest are awarded three at a time via congressional districts. So Cruz could, theoretically, use his superior ground game to outmaneuver Trump as he has before in an effort to stop Trump from getting enough delegates to reach 1,237 before the convention.
Even if California puts Trump over the top for the GOP nomination, he still has his work cut out for him in the state in the general election, as the same survey shows him losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton by a margin of 57 percent to 38 percent.
h/t: Daily Mail
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.