After a good showing in Wisconsin last Tuesday, the chances for Ted Cruz to become the GOP presidential nominee increased. Right now Donald Trump has 743 delegates to Cruz’s 517. There are 882 delegates still up for grabs, according to the Associated Press. That means that while both candidates have a path to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot in Cleveland, the odds are narrow, especially for Cruz.
As the Washington Postpoints out, part of Cruz’s difficulty is that he hasn’t won the backing of his colleagues in the Senate, or the Washington establishment in general. Former Senator Phil Gramm is trying to smooth relations on Capitol Hill, as is Sen. Mike Lee, who has offered his endorsement.
One person who won’t be offering an endorsement to either Cruz, Trump, or anyone else is Georgia’s junior senator, David Perdue.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) has spoken directly with Trump and with Cruz but said he has no plans to endorse anytime soon and is trying to get the presidential candidates to focus their campaigns on the national debt.
As difficult to believe as it may be, today is the halfway point in the primary calendar. It’s been 67 days since the Iowa Caucuses on February 1st, and 67 days remain before California holds its primary on June 14th. Gird your loins for a long spring.