The billionaire Presidential aspirant is given the “stop Trump” movement a moment of truth in the Midwestern state, where his campaign is struggling to win over voters ahead of a potentially decisive primary.
Trump told CNN today, Monday: “We are going to win.”
The real estate mogul told a rally in Indiana that his campaign was soaring “like a rocket ship,” and that with a new NBC poll showing him 15 percentage points ahead of his main challenger, Cruz.
“If we win Indiana, it’s over,” he said in Terre Haute.
Cruz was counting on Indiana acting as a Trump firewall, blocking him from receiving the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July. The Texas senator has openly stated that his goal is to snatch the nomination on a second ballot, when most delegates become free to vote for whomever they choose — but which will only be held if Trump falls short of a majority.
Trump has so far amassed 1,002 delegates, according to CNN’s tally. He now needs just under half of the 502 in play in the remaining 10 contests in order to secure the nomination on the first ballot in Cleveland.
Indiana’s winner-takes-all primary could hand the frontrunner 57 in one swoop. With momentum favoring Trump — he has won the last six contests — Cruz put on a brave face, telling reporters “the stakes are enormously high” and that he would stay in the race regardless of the Indiana outcome.
“I am in for the distance,” Cruz said, adding: “as long as we have a viable path to victory, I am competing to the end.”
Should the conservative senator fall short in Indiana, even his supporters see an extremely steep road ahead. [myad]