Some voters are going the opposite direction of the pundits’ predictions. All the mathematicians on the Sunday morning shows were figuring out where all the votes would go now that Jeb Bush is out of the race and if Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich would get out of the race.
Sixty-seven percent of voters did not vote for Donald Trump in South Carolina. This could be heard by Marco Rubio during all of his Sunday morning interviews. I pick up that Rubio wants to call out Donald Trump on foreign policy. Rubio realizes a direct attack on Trump about his relationship with democrats or something Trump has said in the past is not working. Watch in the next debate how the media may help Rubio set Trump up on foreign policy. Rubio will call Trump out all week on foreign policy and the moderator will open up with, “Mr. Trump your opponent Marco Rubio has questioned your foreign policy.” Just say’in.
Trump beat everyone in South Carolina. He beat all the candidates, the sitting Governor Nikki Haley, Congressman Trey Gowdy, Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, not to mention several other congressmen. The guy you want to be today in South Carolina is Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster. McMaster supported Trump and stood behind him during his victory speech in South Carolina. Trump won every county except two and walked away with all 50 South Carolina delegates. Rubio won the two counties and Ted Cruz did not win a single county.
Ted Cruz campaigned in South Carolina like there was no tomorrow. Cruz looked beaten in all his post election interviews. Although he will not admit it, Cruz knew that if evangelicals voted for Trump he was in big trouble. Cruz is in big trouble.
Cruz voters will not move to Rubio. If Cruz voters feel he can’t win they may just move over to Trump and that has started to happen.
Ed Singleton, owner of Singleton Food Services, Inc (Singleton operates 17 Subway stores in North Georgia and North Carolina) posted Sunday on his Facebook page a picture “Trump 2016” and made the following statement, “After a 3rd place finish in SC for Cruz, I am now jumping on the Trump bandwagon. I believe Trump will be a small business champion for my 17 Subway stores!” Singleton was previously supporting Cruz.
Ted Cruz needs to have wins throughout the south. The best the campaign can come up with this morning is: Cruz is the only true conservative in the race and the only one who can beat Trump. Cruz may be the true conservative in the race and as for the Iowa caucus he did have the best ground game. And we still don’t know how many votes went his way after the robocalls telling voters that Dr. Ben Carson was leaving the race.
The Cruz campaign threw everything including the kitchen sink at South Carolina. The establishment will definitely do everything to support Rubio. It’s a battle for the Republican Party. The Cruz campaign may be the ones outside the party looking in.