Figures. ‘Lying Ted’ Cruz tweets Trump about Recent GOP Contests and Fudges the Numbers
Guest Post by Joe Hoft
Ted Cruz tweeted Donald Trump today and stated that he has won the last five (Republican Contests) in a row and more than 1.3mm voted for the Senator over this same time period.
But these numbers are not what are reported on the RealClearPolitics (RCP) website. For the caucuses in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota the only votes reported were in Utah where Cruz reportedly won 122,567 votes. In the primary in Wisconsin Cruz won 531,129 votes. Combined this is only a little over 650,000 votes or about half the number of votes that Cruz implies he has won.
Trump won 386,370 votes in Wisconsin and 24,864 votes in Utah.
Also, the Arizona primary was the same night as the Utah caucus. So that wasn’t true, either.
Ironically the very first response to Cruz’s tweet calls Cruz a ‘sellout’ and a ‘liar’.
— Politically Correct (@TheBossDaly) April 17, 2016
The Senator’s tweet is even more remarkable after the manner in which he captured votes in the voter-less caucuses/conventions in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. Much has been written about these contests being stolen by the Republican establishment and Cruz. If Cruz wanted to win the election instead of the caucuses he would have stood up and called for actual elections in these states but instead he is bragging about his ‘wins’ which kills the image he wants to portray of himself as the fair minded and democratic statesman.
Unfortunately for Cruz the next and final 16 state races are all primaries and Donald Trump is the heavy favorite in the next six state elections that will be held on the East Coast and many of the rest. As noted earlier Cruz will not only be mathematically eliminated from obtaining enough delegates to win the election outright by April 26th, he will have fallen to third place in popularity in many of these state elections by April end too.
In addition, Cruz is lagging behind all four of the current candidates in wins, delegates and votes (and this is after recording wins for him in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota where no votes or wins are reported by RCP.) The results of elections in primaries and caucuses to date (as of Sunday April 17th) show that Trump outshines all the candidates.
Donald Trump has:
** More primary wins (17)
** More overall state wins (20)
** The highest percentage of primary wins (81% )
** The highest percent of overall state wins (63% )
** The highest percent of primary delegates (65% )
** The highest percent of overall delegates (58% ) **
And Trump ties Hillary for the highest percent of overall votes (57% ).
It is clear that Cruz wants to send a message that he is on a roll but in less than 9 days he will be mathematically out of the race and falling in popularity. This tweet was not a good idea for Cruz who Trump calls ‘Lying Ted’.
UPDATE: The Daily Mail also picked up on Ted’s tall tale.