Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz made news this week. He lost the five state primaries in the East (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania) on Tuesday as Donald Trump won all the counties in the all the states with primaries. This was after Trump had a major win the week before in New York where he walked away with nearly all the delegates there.
On Tuesday, as a result of the elections, Cruz was mathematically eliminated from the race. Cruz ended Tuesday needing more delegates than are available. Then on Wednesday after this shellacking, Cruz announced that he had picked his Vice Presidential candidate in Carly Fiorina.
Here is where, according to Alternet, the bad news begins for Cruz and Fiorina. Cruz’s only way to win the nomination at the Republican convention in July is through a vote by delegates since there is no way he can win the election outright as of Tuesday. If Donald Trump does not win the number of delegates required to win the nomination outright before the convention (1,237), then Cruz hopes to win the nomination by persuading delegates to vote for the candidate with less votes and delegates, Cruz. However, if this scenario does happen, then the convention would also vote for the Vice Presidential candidate as well, and there is no guarantee that Fiorina would be voted his Vice Presidential candidate. She would be have to be nominated, voted for and elected to the Vice President position, by the delegates over other possible candidates.
Alternet noted that the convention rules for electing a VP were discussed by FOX News’ Gretchen Carlson earlier this month.
Donald Trump called the announcement of Fiorina as VP ‘a waste of time’, but he really didn’t know what a waste of time it was. There is no guarantee that if Cruz was elected President in some special ballots at the convention (the only way he can win the nomination) that Fiorina would even be his eventual running mate.
Fortunately for Cruz, Trump could lose 8 of the 10 remaining states (Indiana, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota) and yet still win the nomination with wins in New Jersey and California and good showings in the primaries that award delegates proportionally.
Trump’s win will save Cruz and Fiorina a major embarrassment.