On Eve of New York Primary, Ted Cruz Looks Beyond to Maryland

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 2.28.28 PMOn the eve of the New York primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Maryland Monday afternoon, one of the five states that is scheduled to hold primary contests next week.

Looking beyond the New York’s primary, Cruz urged supporters to send a message to his chief rival Donald Trump by denying him the delegates he needs to secure the GOP nomination by voting for his campaign in the Maryland’s primary next Tuesday.

“Maryland is a battleground,” Cruz told hundreds of supporters at an American Legion Post in Towson, Maryland. “Maryland is going to have an outsized voice as the nation is looking to Maryland to decide  — do we nominate Donald Trump and hand the election to Hillary Clinton, or do we unite behind the Cruz Campaign?”

Typically during this time of the year in a presidential primary, there is a concrete winner waiting to head to the convention and securing enough delegates needs. That’s not the case right now with New Yorkers heading to the polls on Tuesday, a state that looks like it will give Trump a hometown sweep. Next Tuesday, five North East states — Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Delaware will now become the battle ground in the quest for delegates.

Former GOP rival, Carly Fiorina, one of the five former hopefuls who endorsed Cruz recently introduced the Texas Senator to the crowd while warning the crowd that Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton are “two sides of the same coin.”

“The people that I know who voted for Trump think that he’s going to challenge this system,” Fiorina said. “Guess what folks? He is the system. And the truth is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin.”

Cruz focused his speech on his campaign message platform — jobs, freedom, and security while calling on Republicans to unite.

“That is our object more than anything else,” Cruz said. “Unity. If we unite, we will win this primary,” said Cruz. “If we unite, we will win the general, we will beat Hillary Clinton and we will turn this country around.”

According to a recent Monmouth University Cruz is polling third in Maryland with 19%, while Trump in the lead with 47% followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 27%.

Maryland’s primary will be held on April 26.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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