Ted Cruz Looking Beyond NY

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:16 AM

-- Ted Cruz will spend the night of Tuesday's NY primary in Philadelphia, culminating a four-day stretch with number public appearances by the TX senator in the Empire State.

Ted Cruz Looking Beyond NY

TOWSON, Md. -- Ted Cruz will spend the night of Tuesday's NY primary in Philadelphia, culminating a four-day stretch with number public appearances by the TX senator in the Empire State.

"We're fully alert this is Donald Trump'south residence state -- he'south going to do well in New York," said Catherine Frazier, spokeswoman for the Cruz campaign. "But there are areas that we'd an opportunity to widen and obtain voters, and we're hopeful we can choose off some delegates to add to our delegate count."

The Cruz campaign hit Binghamton, Syracuse and Rochester on Friday, telling the hundreds in a Rochester gymnasium the "whole country is looking at New York."

But Cruz then flew that night to Wyoming, where his campaign picked off the state's fourteen at-large delegates at its conference on Saturday. He spent Sun in Houston for his daughter'south birthday party.

And on Monday, Cruz held his sole public event in Towson, Maryland, neglecting to mention New York'south primary to the crowd or get questions from the press. To note, the senator held two private events in Manhattan on Monday as well as a nationally televised morning town hall.

But the senator, who, comparatively, held nine events in the final four days of the WI primary, has seen his prospects in NY shrink. And in the waning days before the NY primary, he neglected to partake in any retail stops or rallies.

A NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll released latest week gave Trump a 36-percentage point advantage over Cruz (fifty-four % to twenty-one percent). And John Kasich beat out Cruz for second space (21percent to eighteen percent).

The campaign sent none of its major surrogates - Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Rick Perry or Glenn Beck - to the state.

Campaign aides told NBC News the campaign would target congressional districts it believed Cruz would've a chance at pulling a higher share of voters from and subsequently win a delegate or two from them.

Those stops ranged from the fifteenth congressional district in the Bronx, a district in which Republicans create up just 4.5 percent of voters, to western, blue-collar districts represented in Congress by Republicans.

The campaign at one time saw itself as having the chance to significantly eat into Trump'south delegate share, but Cruz appeared to modify his benchmark for the GOP results out of the state latest week.

"If Donald doesn't obtain N of fifty % in his residence state, I think that'south widely going to be seen as a crushing loss," Cruz told a crowd in neighboring Erie, Pennsylvania, latest week.

If Trump hits the fifty % threshold, he'll win each of the state's fourteen at-large delegates.

For Cruz, there'south been number proof of a path to triumph in Trump'south residence state since famously coining "New York values" in a Jan radio interview to contrast Trump'south candidacy with his own.

The senator'south perceived pejorative utilize of the word in Jan failed to escape him by April as he'd to address his intended meaning of the duration during media interviews and town halls in the state.

Latest week at the NY GOP'south annual gala in Manhattan, a ballroom full of New Yorkers widely talked over Cruz'south remarks to the group - even taking selfies and several casually leaving. One Republican who paid $1000 for a ticket to the dinner said Cruz "blew it" with his comments.

But the inclination to side with Trump extended beyond the Large Apple.

"The harshness that [Trump] has makes me wish to believe he can do the things he says he'll do," said Ron Berardi, a Republican in Rochester deciding between Trump and Cruz. "I don't know if [Cruz] can collect people around him to move in the direction that we necessity to move in."

And the existence of an alternative candidate, John Kasich, for anti-Trump voters remains damaging to Cruz'south efforts to coalesce support.

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