With the GOP field now down to a quartet, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are competing in Maine , Kansas, Kentucky and Louisiana. Cruz also won a straw poll at CPAC, with 40% support. At his news conference in Florida, where Rubio is under intense pressure to win later this month, Trump also congratulated Cruz for his victories.
Cruz, cementing his claim to be the Trump alternative, captured Louisiana and Maine. Because delegates are being awarded proportionally in the weekend races, Trump's GOP rivals and Clinton's sole opponent had limited opportunity to curb the drive of the front-runners.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP). That margin will make up for her loss to Sanders in Nebraska. That would mean a contested or "brokered" convention, a scenario that could turn chaotic, especially if establishment figures seek to somehow actively prevent delegates from coalescing around Trump.
Trump, who doubted Cruz's ability to attract many votes in the Northeast, also couldn't resist a crack at Cruz's victory in ME, quipping: "He should do well in ME because it's very close to Canada, let's face it". More notable is that Trump fared well with registered Republicans, who make up only 28 percent of the state's total even though many more voters tend to favor the GOP in national elections.
Cruz, 45, has run as an outsider bent on shaking up the Republican establishment in Washington . It was a state Donald Trump made a point of saying he did not want to lose. On March 15, the delegate-rich states of Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina will vote. If Trump takes both Florida and OH he would be almost impossible to stop.
Without directly addressing the suggestion, he said, "No doubt, if we remain divided, Trump wins". "That's very different. A lot of people that endorse me, I wouldn't endorse for president". It was a jaw-dropping moment in a campaign that's been full of surprises from the beginning. Trump had attacked Kelly on social media, and skipped another debate because Fox refused to remove Kelly as moderator.