• Indiana is ‘do-or-die’ for Ted Cruz

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    INDIANA could be a good state for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who on paper should benefit from its strong conservative streak, its large evangelical population and the backing of Gov. Mike Spence, who campaigned with Cruz on Tuesday. But with most polls now auguring a big win for Donald Trump in Wednesday’s Republican presidential primary, Cruz is facing the prospect of leaving the Hoosier State with his campaign mortally wounded and with Trump on target to gain the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination on the first ballot at the party’s July convention in Cleveland. “Indiana is do-or-die,” Rutgers University political scientist David Redlawsk said. “It’s simple. No matter the actual delegate allocation, if Trump wins, his claim on the nomination will be all but settled. He may or may not actually get to 1,237 before the convention, but no one else — especially not Cruz — will be able to make any claim to upset the voters’ will.” Redlawsk said an upset victory by Cruz “would give him a slim straw to cling to going into the rest of the primaries. But it probably won’t really stop Trump in the end.” Cruz and his surrogates — including Spence, broadcaster Glenn Beck, freshly minted prospective vice presidential running mate Carly Fiorina, US Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler and Cruz’s wife, Heidi — campaigned up and down Indiana on Monday. “We are in it for the distance,” Cruz said, pledging to stay in the race regardless of Tuesday’s outcome. “We are committed as long as we have a viable path to victory.”

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