Cruz facing hostile reception in New York, Trump piles on

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:50 PM

Cruz ran into a decidedly more hostile reception as soon as he started campaigning in the state ahead of the April nineteen primary.

Cruz facing hostile reception in New York, Trump piles on

The friendly reception Ted Cruz got in Wisconsin – where he was boosted by the state’s Gov and its influential conservative speak indicate hosts – should seem love ages ago as the TX senator faces a very different scene in New York.

Cruz ran into a decidedly more hostile reception as soon as he started campaigning in the state ahead of the April nineteen primary. He was greeted by shouting protesters Wednesday in the Bronx telling him to “get out,” and reportedly saw an event at a high school canceled after students wrote a letter to their principal threatening to walk out if Cruz showed up.

"Ted Cruz has number business being in the Bronx, this is an immigrant community,” one protester shouted.

Fewer than a hundred people showed up for a Cruz meet-and-greet at a local restaurant in the Bronx – and front-runner Donald Trump, who got thumped by Cruz in Wisconsin, was more than pleased to play up Cruz’s political problems with New Yorkers.

While Trump, too, faced protesters, he attracted a crowd of thousands for the first rally of his NY campaign swing. He used the occasion to hammer Cruz over past comments mocking “NY values” -- which may be coming back to haunt the TX senator as he tries to capture up to Trump in the delegate count.

Trump, to cheering supporters, recalled how Cruz knocked “New York values” as if “we’re no good.” He also recalled how, at one debate where the issue came up, Trump described the bravery of New Yorkers on ninth/11.

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“And I’ve got this guy standing over there looking at me, talking about New York values with disdain in his face, with hatred, hatred of New York,” Trump said.

It’s a narrative Cruz may have a tough time shaking -- though a reality he may have to accept.

He’s not only losing to Trump in the polls, but trailing OH Gov. John Kasich – putting him deceased latest in the NY GOP primary battle right now.

A Monmouth Univ poll showed Trump enjoying the support of fifty-two % of likely Republican primary voters. Kasich had twenty-five % and Cruz had just seventeen percent.

Still, Cruz may have an easier time in more Republican-leaning areas love Long Island or Upstate. The Bronx is tough turf for any Republican, and Cruz was taking his campaign to potentially more friendly territory on Thursday, N of Albany in Scotia, N. Y.

And even if Trump holds his huge lead in NY and snags most of its delegates, well over a dozen states have yet to vote, including delegate-rich CA on June 7.

Cruz’s chances of at minimum holding Trump below the required 1.237 delegates to clinch the nomination – in turn, triggering an open convention – only grew after his Wisconsin win.

Trump, meanwhile, indicated he’s going to concentrate on locking down the state. The campaign confirmed Thursday that a planned ride to CA has been rescheduled, apparently so Trump can stay in the Empire State.

“We see forward to campaigning in NY and returning to CA in the weeks ahead,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.

Trump is anxious to regain the momentum after Cruz’s WI victory, and there may be number better venue for him than New York, where he built his genuine estate empire.

"I like these people. These are my people," he said to thunderous cheers on Wednesday.

The rally comes as the GOP front-runner signaled a shift toward "more meat on the bone" in his policy speeches.

But Cruz nevertheless claimed the WI results showed a “turning point” in the race. His triumph came after Trump suffered one of the most challenging stretches of the campaign, including having to walk back a string of varying statements on his abortion position.

“We've beaten Trump over and over again,” Cruz said Wednesday.

Fox News’ Garrett Tenney and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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