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Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience.
What I think is much more important is the events in France over the last week. I think it is a boon for two particular candidates: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I think the idea that business as usual and particularly adhering to a sense of how you are supposed to operate — this political correctness — is really, really at its weakest point ever. And so I think that Donald Trump’s candidacy is strengthened by that, against all conventional wisdom, and I think that Ted Cruz’s candidacy is also strengthened — ironically, both of them appealing to similar voters. And I think you see a resurgence a little bit of Trump in states like New Hampshire. And the thing that’s surprising to me is that a state like New Hampshire is more for Ted Cruz than it is for Marco Rubio given Marco’s great debate performances. So I think that what you have is a confluence of events that I think, on balance, strengthens Cruz the most, but also keeps Donald Trump in the game much longer.