Cruz faces make-or-break moment to stop Trump

2016-05-02 20:17
(Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

(Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

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La Porte - Facing a make-or-break moment for his slumping campaign, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was blitzing through Indiana on Monday in a desperate bid to overtake Donald Trump in the state's primary and keep his own White House hopes alive.

A victory for Trump in Indiana on Tuesday would be a dispiriting blow for Cruz and other forces trying to stop the front-runner, leaving them with few opportunities to block his path. Trump is the only candidate in the race who can reach the 1 237 delegates needed for the GOP nomination through regular voting, though Cruz is trying to push the race toward a contested convention.

Close finish

"This whole long, wild ride of an election has all culminated with the entire country with its eyes fixed on the state of Indiana," Cruz said at a late night rally on Sunday.

"The people of this great state...I believe the country is depending on you to pull us back from the brink."

Several hundred people came to see him in Osceola on Monday, where he predicted a close finish in the primary and said: "We need every single vote."

"You're the perfect man for the job," a man told him as diners consumed coffee and eggs. "God bless you," Cruz said, gripping his hand.

Cruz was holding five events across Indiana on Monday.

Trump was holding a pair of rallies in the state, though he was already confidently looking past Cruz and setting his sights on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Voices of hatred

Trump made it clear on Monday that he would keep up his accusation that Clinton is playing gender politics: "We're making a list of the many, many times where it's all about her being a woman."

For her part, Clinton told thousands at a dinner in Detroit on Sunday that President Barack Obama's legacy can't be allowed to "fall into Donald Trump's hands" and be consumed by "these voices of hatred." She cited Trump's "insidious" part in the birther movement that questioned Obama's citizenship.

Clinton's campaign announced on Monday that she had raised $26m in April.


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