Ted Cruz is campaigning heavily in New York City as his campaign manager calls for Donald Trump to drop out if he underperforms.
First, the Republican candidate visited the Bronx on Wednesday, April 6th, and then on Thursday he was in Brooklyn where he stopped into Chabad Neshama Model Matzah Bakery in Brighton Beach, wooing the small but conservative Orthodox Jewish community as they prepare for Passover.
Cruz’s campaign strategy is to target small pockets of conservatives that live in the heavily democratic state, and appeal to important congressional districts around the state.
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This strategy is entwined with the way that New York’s 95 delegates are handed out in the primary on April 19. Only 14 delegates are given automatically to the statewide winner, and 81 are given out by congressional district.
Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe said that Donald Trump should drop out of the Republican race if Trump gets less than 50 percent in New York.
“If he doesn’t get over 50 percent, he should probably consider dropping out, like everyone else has when they don’t win their home state in a dramatic fashion,” said Roe in an interview with ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics podcast reports Politico.
Trump needs to win a large portion of the delegates if he wants to make it to 1,237 delegates needed for nomination before the July convention. Cruz is trying to prevent Trump from doing so, and a strong showing in New York would make Trump’s chances of reaching the majority of delegates extremely difficult.