Ted Cruz cleaned up in Colorado. The writing was on the wall a week before Saturday’s state GOP convention, as Cruz lined up delegates to the RNC in Cleveland.
When he entered the convention hall at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Cruz had swept the RNC delegates available at the congressional district level, with 17 pledged to him. Donald Trump and John Kasich had zero.
That gave Cruz the opportunity to take a victory lap—and some jabs at Trump—in an interview with 9NEWS political reporter Brandon Rittiman.
“It just illustrates that when it comes to the grassroots, Donald has a very hard time competing,” Cruz said. “This election is not about a New York celebrity tweeting and the media giving him billions of free coverage. That’s not how you get elected.”
In the interview, Cruz claims to have won all 21 delegates at the congressional district level. Four of the 21 are technically unpledged, but have said they’ll back Cruz.
Cruz asserted that he’s still an outsider, despite his newfound support from many establishment Republicans.
At the same time Cruz offered criticism for Trump, he downplayed the suggestion that his success is primarily based on opposition to the GOP’s controversial frontrunner.
“You don’t see people out there with signs that say ‘never Trump,’ you see people out there with signs supporting our campaign,” Cruz said.
Cruz holds stances at odds with public opinion in Colorado on abortion, same-sex marriage, and climate change.
When pressed about his electability in the November general election in Colorado, Cruz deflected by saying “many folks in the media may not share the views of the rest of America,” but asserted that he can win in Colorado, citing public polling showing him beating Hillary Clinton in head-to-head matchups in Colorado.
Cruz won in one such poll back in November and lost in four more recent polls, according to realclearpolitics, which tracks and averages poll results.