Cruz Crushes in Wisconsin

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Ted Cruz won by double-digits in the Badger State, outperforming any poll taken, and blasting through the RealClearPolitics average which pegged him at just over 4 points ahead of Donald Trump.

Cruz proved wrong the pundits who predicted the Rust Belt would be Trump territory, aided by some unforced (but remarkably typical) errors by Trump, who responded to Scott Walker’s endorsement of Cruz by lambasting the popular governor for not raising taxes, insulted Heidi Cruz, and wandered around the abortion issue for a while seemingly uncertain of what he believes.

New York, Trump’s home state, still looks safe for him. But Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania is now below double digits. Can Cruz put away John Kasich, the zombie candidate, in the Keystone State?

Here’s one thing Wisconsin shows: the world would be different if conservative talk radio and the GOP establishment had both been willing to rally behind the one principled conservative in the race.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.