Ted Cruz the Republican presidential candidate is hoping for a contested convention in July to earn the nomination of the party, guaranteeing that none of the contenders would earn the required 1,237 delegates prior to the convention.
Cruz said the party is headed toward a GOP contested convention. Cruz said on Wednesday that while front-runner Donald Trump is going to say others will not reach 1,237, he too would not reach the delegate count.
After Trump’s big win Tuesday in New York, the billionaire now has 844 delegates, while Cruz has 300 fewer delegates.
Marco Rubio, the Florida Senator, who dropped out of the race for the White House in March, won 167 delegates prior to his ending his campaign. John Kasich the Governor of Ohio now has 146.
Cruz said the delegate count would be close after the primaries that remain adding he would not be dropping his bid prior to the convention.
Cruz said that he would have a large number of delegates and his biggest competitor Trump would also have many delegates. He added that it would end up being a big battle at the convention in Cleveland to see who will earn the most delegates that have been elected by the citizens of the country.
During a victory speech Tuesday night at the Trump tower, the billionaire declared Cruz was close to mathematically being eliminated and concluded he did not have that much of a race left.
Despite Trump’s pledged lead in delegates, Cruz’s count has crept up slowly behind the real estate mogul. His strategy has been to cull the delegate slots where he is able to at state conventions.
Thus far, Cruz has advanced the cause with wins in delegates in states such as North Dakota, Utah, South Carolina and Wyoming.
In Pennsylvania, were Senator Cruz is campaigning on Wednesday into Thursday, the primary will be held on April 26. That state will be one of five states that go to the voting polls on that day.