In finishing the Republican presidential race well ahead of Donald Trump’s other rivals, Ted Cruz is likely to be a leading GOP voice for the foreseeable future.
Less clear is whether Cruz harnesses that clout to boost Trump’s White House bid — after all the bad blood between them — or simply solidifies his place as a champion of conservative causes, Senate troublemaker and star of Texas politics.
“There’s no question” Cruz remains No. 1 in Texas despite falling to Trump nationally, says political consultant Matt Mackowiak, who’s based in the state.
“There’s no bigger draw, there’s no one whose endorsement means more, there’s no one who has a larger organization,” Mackowiak said. “To me right now, he is the Texas leader, and the national leader, of the conservative movement. That wasn’t the case when the race started.”
In the Senate, Cruz infuriated leaders in both parties instead of working cooperatively on legislation and other issues. He incited House conservatives, who helped take down John Boehner as House speaker, and he can be expected to resume those allegiances, and his show-horse ways, in using the Senate as a platform for a possible 2020 presidential bid.Read the rest of story HERE.
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