Ted Cruz wins Kansas in White House race

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Ted Cruz claimed an easy victory in Kansas and fought with Donald Trump for Kentucky as Republicans voted in four states, showing there is no quick end in sight to the bitter race for the party’s presidential nomination.

Meanwhile the Kansas Democratic Party says Bernie Sanders has won its presidential caucuses, who was also taking on Hillary Clinton in another two states.

The party did not release any vote count or results.

The Maine Republican Party later said Mr Cruz had beaten New York businessman Mr Trump in the state’s Republican presidential caucuses.

Mr Cruz, who enjoys support among evangelicals and the ultraconservative tea party movement, attributed his strong showing to conservatives coalescing behind his candidacy, calling it a “manifestation of a real shift in momentum”.

He has contrasted his steadfast conservative record to Mr Trump’s shifting positions on such issues as abortion and past campaign donations to Democrats, including Mrs Clinton.

“God bless Kansas,” Mr Cruz declared during a rally in Idaho, which votes in three days. “The scream you hear, the howl that comes from Washington DC, is utter terror at what we the people are doing together.”

With the Republican race in chaos, establishment figures are frantically looking for any way to derail Mr Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if no candidate can get enough delegates to lock up the nomination in advance.

Party leaders – including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and 2008 nominee Senator John McCain – are fearful a Trump victory would lead to a disastrous November election, with losses up and down the Republican ticket.

“Everyone’s trying to figure out how to stop Trump,” the billionaire marvelled at an afternoon rally in Orlando, Florida.

Despite the support of many elected officials in Kansas, Florida senator Marco Rubio came up short, raising serious questions about his viability in the race.

Mr Cruz suggested it was time for other Republican candidates to step aside so he could go one-on-one against Mr Trump.

Saturday’s Republican races also included a primary election in Louisiana, while Democrats voted in Nebraska, Kansas and Louisiana.

With frontrunner Mr Trump yet to win states by the margins he will need in order to secure the nomination before the convention, every one of the 155 Republican delegates at stake on Saturday was worth fighting for.

Overall, Mr Trump had prevailed in 10 of 15 state contests heading into Saturday’s voting. Mr Cruz had won Alaska, Oklahoma, Iowa and his home state of Texas. Mr Rubio had one win in Minnesota.

Ohio governor John Kasich was also bidding for Republican votes. Mr Rubio and Mr Kasich both pinned their hopes on winner-take-all contests on March 15 in their home states.

Mr Cruz will collect at least 17 delegates for winning the Republican caucuses in Kansas, and Mr Trump will win at least six.

In the overall race for delegates to the party’s national nominating convention, Mr Trump led with 335 and Mr Cruz had 248. Mr Rubio had 110 delegates and Mr Kasich had 25. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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