If you are a regular reader, you know this column will give credit where it is due: Trump’s haul in percentage of votes and delegates outstripped even the very favorable polls going into the New York primary. It also gives Trump something important that he had been missing until this relatively late contest: the majority of a statewide vote.
Right now you are likely waiting for the “but”; well, here are a few, and they are doozies: New York truly did show its values. Hillary more than doubled Trump’s vote count, and Democrat loser Bernie got more votes than all Republicans combined. Trump’s claim that he would carry his home state in the general election is not just bogus, it is laughably bogus.
Also of note, around two million votes were cast in the 2012 NY GOP primary; only around 800 thousand were cast in 2016. It would seem that Trump’s brand of slash-and-burn, scorched-earth politics actually suppresses the Republican vote. Not really a shock, but still… it does not bode well for a general election with Trump at the top of the GOP ticket.
And the cherry on top of this poop sundae? Cruz received more actual votes in Wisconsin than Trump did in New York. That’s right, your eyes aren’t failing you. WISCONSIN. Let that sink in.
While the usual pundits are correct that it is virtually impossible for Cruz to reach 1,237 at this point, Cruz will not be truly “eliminated” unless and until Trump reaches that magic number, himself. Good luck with that, #MisterTrump.