Tuesday, the Nevada Republican caucus took place and front runner, Donald Trump made it 3 in a row for wins in his campaign for President. Nipping at Trump’s heels are Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Ted Cruz of Florida. Rubio has an organized campaign centers and volunteers have fanned out across the state to get the Rubio word out. For the campaign of Senator Cruz questions continue to be raised as to how his campaign intends to win.
The caucus vote broke down to Trump getting 45.9 percent of the vote, while Senator Marco Rubio received 23.9 percent and Ted Cruz’s lagged behind with 21.4 percent. Ben Carson polled 4.8 percent support, and Governor John Kasich of Ohio was so far behind at 3.6 percent. The win Tuesday night assures Trump that the race for the nomination is his to lose. Even with money that was once thrown in the direction of former Governor Jeb Bush’s campaign now being funneled into the Rubio campaign, Trump has brushed aside all other contenders.
On his win Trump said, “If you listen to the pundits we weren’t expected to win too much, and now we’re winning, winning, winning the country. And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning, winning.” Trump is correct when he speaks about the political pundits who had estimated early on that Trump would not even be a factor in the race for the Republican nomination. Now, news agencies, political talking heads and those pundits are all saying that Trump win be the Republican nominee for President.
The Cruz campaign is having difficulties due to allegation of underhanded politicking. On Monday, Cruz had to admit that his campaign tweeted a false story centering on Senator Rubio and his faith. Cruz then asked his communications director Rick Tyler to resign after learning that Tyler distributed a video that falsely depicted Marco Rubio dismissing the Bible. Cruz apologized for the gaffe but Rubio said of the Cruz campaign and of Rick Tyler, praising Tyler’s skills but saying he “had the unenviable task of working for a candidate willing to do or say anything to get elected.”
This act which can only be called dirty politicking, is not the first for the Cruz campaign. In the Iowa caucus, Cruz admitted that his campaign workers falsely told supporters of Ben Carson, that Dr. Carson had dropped out of the race. Then in South Carolina, Cruz campaign used an altered photo showing Rubio shaking President Barack Obama’s hand, which was featured the phrase, “Rubio-Obama Trade Pact. The ad was made to show Rubio casting the crucial vote to pass the Trade Promotion Authority bill in the Senate to give Obama authority to negotiate trade deals more quickly. Once again though, it was a hack job. The photo was doctored from a stock photo that didn’t even have Obama or Rubio in it. The ad was later taken down but once again the Cruz campaign had to address the theory that Cruz will do anything, honest or not, to be elected