by Reece Funderburk
It may not have been "Super Tuesday," but Ted Cruz got good news Tuesday. He did not win the Arizona primary but the Republican presidential candidate picked up two endorsement. Former Republican candidate Jeb Bush and from the anti-tax group Club for Growth, announced they were backing him and he managed to win the "winner take all" Utah primary. That added 40 delegates to his count.
"I wanted you all to be the first to know that today I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President," posted Bush on his Facebook page. "Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus."
Donald Trump won the night however by capturing "winner take all" Arizona and adding 58 delegates to his lead.
"Much bigger win than anticipated in Arizona," Trump tweeted last night. "Thank you, I will never forget!"
The two candidates were respectful most of the night, until Trump escalated his feud with Cruz. A Cruz support group ran an advertisement attacking Trump's wife Melania Trump, showing nude pictures of her taken at a GQ photo while mocking her. Trump then fired back on twitter threatening to "spill the beans" about Cruz's wife Heidi.
Cruz was quick to respond.
"Last night, Donald threatened my wife. He went directly after my wife," said Cruz in a response on Wednesday. "It reveals a lot about character. It reveals a lot about class."
"You know, as I said, you probably know by now that most of the things that Donald Trump says have no basis in reality," said Heidi Cruz while touring with her husband Wednesday. "So we are not worried in the least, we are focused on our campaign and we are going to continue to do that."
On the Democratic, Bernie Sanders won Utah and Idaho. Hillary Clinton managed to win Arizona. Overall Clinton won 51 delegates and Sanders won 67.
"Small state wins, I don't want to say they don't matter, and they certainly are a moral victory for Sanders. However the Democratic Party is looking to wrap up," says Midlands Tech political science professor Shickre Sabbagha. "The question will be if Sanders goes on to become a movement or is he still considered more than a movement."
Saturday will feature three Democratic primaries. Hawaii, Alaska and Washington all having caucuses and a total of 172 delegates up for grabs however Clinton mathematically currently has an insurmountable lead. Wisconsin will be the next Republican primary and will be held on Tuesday, April 5.