Ted Cruz at CPAC 2015

Ted Cruz Gains Momentum While Marco Rubio Loses Support In Anti-Trump Battle

CNN is reporting that a “cluster” of independent groups who are supporting Ted Cruz are deciding to no longer spend money on anti-Rubio ads for the state of Florida.

The group is called Keep The Promise, and Kellyanne Conway, the president of the Super PAC group, was very specific about the decision.

“We’re no longer doing anti-Rubio ads in Florida, because it appears he can lose Florida all by himself. He doesn’t need our help.”

The New York Times says that Ted Cruz has been “playing up” his Cuban heritage for the Florida primary, while speaking at Miami Dade College last Wednesday.

Ted Cruz engages Marco Rubio
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio talk after a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa, before it became business. [image by Chris Carlson / AP Photo]
The article also notes that this new approach is different as he hardly ever talks about his Cuban heritage and doesn’t have a fluent command of the Spanish language.

The CNN report of Ted Cruz’s SuperPAC backing out of the anti-Rubio ads would be a sign, among other reports, that Senator Marco Rubio is going to lose his home state of Florida, which would appear to be true as his number of delegates remains at 151.

When the Inquisitr first wrote about his delegate count in an article about how it was predicted, that the RNC would try to #DumpTrump, it was at 122.

But the New York Times article continues to say that Ted Cruz was acknowledging himself and Rubio, two Latinos running for president, as the American dream before the article wrote about how he ended up attacking Rubio, saying he should leave the race.

As pointed out by Cruz, Rubio might have already acknowledged his defeat, because the Associated Press is reporting that Rubio’s Super PAC is spending on a do-or-die campaign against leading Republican candidate Donald Trump, who is already predicted to win the state of Florida.

Last week anchorman Jake Tapper had Rubio on his show and asked him if he was in denial.

What’s more, the latest news in the cycle is that a friend of Rubio, Utah senator Mike Lee, has turned around to endorse Ted Cruz instead.

Soon after Donald Trump’s second-place loss in Iowa and his first place win for South Carolina, the Inquisitr reported that the GOP would be looking at Rubio as their select nominee, before Ted Cruz became the second favorite.

It’s assumed that the reason for this would be because Ted Cruz is not very well-liked among his peers in Washington as he continues to campaign on being an anti-Washington candidate.

But as the switcheroo of Lee’s endorsement seems to show, based on the article by News Channel 8 WFLA, the senator feels he wants to be on the winning side without having to step into Trump territory.

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee at 2013 CPAC
Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. [Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0]
“He is the only Republican candidate who can defeat Donald Trump and who can defeat Hillary Clinton and I believe he will,” Lee said of Cruz.

Even Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn came out against him in the article, repeating the distance Marco Rubio has reportedly kept between him and the city. The mayor was repeating what he previously spoke about when he was interviewed on MSNBC, mentioned in an article on Bloomberg.

“I’ve never met him. I’ve been mayor for five years. He’s been the senator for four,” Buckhorn said. “He’s never come to Tampa to ask me how he can help. I understand he is a busy guy but you would think in the interest of doing his job and representing Florida that he would be interested in what Tampa’s issues area.”

Prior to the endorsement by Mike Lee, Ted Cruz received the endorsement of former candidate Carly Fiorina, and as of this writing, the GOP appears to be rallying around Ted Cruz as they have officially — since Mitt Romney’s public attack — formed a growing coalition to attack Trump.

Do you feel more support is going to Ted Cruz or Donald Trump at this point?

[Featured image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0]