Ted Cruz Got Zero Delegates in New York, Looks to Contested Convention
Ted Cruz did not get a single delegate in the New York primary on April 19—coming away with 14.5 percent of the vote—far behind Donald Trump who won 61 percent of the vote.
The breakdown of the 95 delegates allocated 90 to Donald Trump and 5 to John Kasich.
Trump repeatedly attacked Cruz for not having “New York values”—a phrase used pejoratively in an earlier debate by Ted Cruz.
Cruz defended his statement saying that he was repeating what Trump had said in a 1999 “Meet the Press” interview, but that defense failed to resonate.
In his victory speech Trump said that Cruz was “mathematically eliminated”:
“We don’t have much of a race anymore based on what I’m seeing on television,” Trump said at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“Senator [Ted] Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated … we have won millions of more votes than Senator Cruz and millions and millions of votes more than Governor [John] Kasich,” Trump added.
Cruz is moving forward with his campaign, looking to a contested convention in Cleveland’s Republican National Convention this July.
His campaign has been saying that Trump’s win is overplayed in the media, and that the Republican frontrunner was the obvious favorite in New York:
“You may have heard there was an election yesterday. And as the media are breathlessly reporting, Donald Trump won his home state—truly a remarkable achievement,” Cruz said mockingly in a rally in Hersey, Pennsylvania.
“Upon winning his home state, Donald, with a characteristic display of humility, declared this race is over, Manhattan has spoken, and if the rest of the voters would quietly go home now and allow him to give the general election to Hillary, all would be better. And the media repeats this with great excitement.”
Cruz’s path to the nomination, however, is muddied with difficulty, as he is unable to win without a brokered convention, which requires Trump to have less than 1,237 delegates. Currently, Cruz has 544 delegates.