Math says a Cruz first-ballot win is nearly impossible
Ted Cruz’s faint hopes for a first-ballot Republican convention victory are all but mathematically impossible, thanks to Donald Trump’s landslide New York win Tuesday.
The senator from Texas, reeling from a bruising third-place finish, now needs to win almost every delegate awarded in upcoming primaries to reach the 1,237 needed for nomination at the July convention.
Cruz was in danger of getting shut out in the crucial New York delegate race. Trump won 89 of the 95 delegates. Gov. John Kasich of Ohio picked up three.
Trump now has 845 delegates. Cruz has 559 and Kasich 147.