Politico | Inside Cruz’s camp, confidence crumbles

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Ted Cruz - frowning (200x200)Inside Cruz’s camp, confidence crumbles

The candidate is projecting strength, but a string of discouraging signs has his advisers worried.

by Alex Isenstadt | April 30, 2016

Ted Cruz is speaking confidently about knocking off Donald Trump to take the GOP nomination, but his top staffers admit they’re getting nervous.

In interviews, several aides, speaking on the condition of anonymity, expressed growing alarm that Cruz would lose Indiana’s primary on Tuesday — an outcome that would be a major blow to his hopes of holding Trump below the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination on the party convention’s first ballot. The aides concede that, without a win in an Indiana primary where 57 delegates are at stake, Cruz’s shot at the nomination would significantly narrow.

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Within the campaign, some are turning to the question of what’s next. One senior aide said there had been no discussion about dropping out before the final primary contests are held on June 7 but noted that Cruz wouldn’t be eager to prolong a campaign he was convinced he couldn’t win.

Many top figures in the party are convinced that a loss on Tuesday would be, for all intents and purposes, the end of the road. “A Cruz loss in Indiana means lights out,” said Scott Reed, the chief political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Game, set, match.”

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While aides didn’t dismiss the possibility of an upset, they acknowledged that polling had consistently shown Cruz behind. A loss, they worried, could intensify questions about his staying power and hamper fundraising.

Cruz is also likely to face growing pressure from party leaders, many of whom are eager to begin the process of uniting a divided party ahead of what will be a challenging general election. (Read More)

 

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