Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich was recently on Fox News speaking to Maria Bartiromo about the state of the GOP presidential race when he made a stunning statement. In discussing what would happen after the Indiana primary, Gingrich argued that if Donald Trump wins Indiana “by a significant margin” then the GOP race for the White House is over.
There’s no reason for the underdog team to quit — They should play out the end of the game. But there comes a moment and for Trump it may come as soon as Tuesday night. If he wins Indiana, I was telling him a little while ago, John Hines was telling me there’s a new poll that puts Trump up by 15 points in Indiana, if that’s true and he wins Indiana by a significant margin.
Then the fact is the next morning he is the nominee. Not the presumptive nominee, he’s the nominee. It’s going to happen.
The fact is that Newt is right. For Senator Ted Cruz to keep his presidential aspirations alive he needs to do two things.
- He must win (or come in a very close second) in Indiana.
- He must win (or come in a very close second) in California.
That’s it. So technically, he doesn’t need to “win” either race, but if Trump wins both by solid margins, then it truly is all over.
What does it all mean? It’s all up to Indiana. If Trump wins a solid victory in Indiana, then it likely makes California irrelevant. Cruz has his work cut out for him. What was a tight race just a week ago seems to now be slipping out of his grasp as more Hoosier’s begin embracing the Trump campaign.
We may indeed know who the GOP nominee is come Tuesday night.