Super Saturday is turning out to be a night of shocking upsets for constitutional conservative Ted Cruz over bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump.
First, Cruz unexpectedly crushed Trump in the Kansas Caucus, outperforming the latest poll by an unbelievable 32%. With 71% of the results in, Cruz is leading Trump 50.7% to 24.4%, a margin of 26%. Trump was expected to defeat Cruz by 6% in latest polling.
Then, in the Maine GOP Caucus Cruz easily defeated Trump, who was widely predicted by pundits to win, partly based on the endorsement from Maine Gov. Paul LePage. With 45.5% of precincts reporting, Decision Desk HQ declared Ted Cruz the winner, defeating Trump 42.3% to 33.9%.
Maine Caucus (R) we project will go to Ted Cruz
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) March 6, 2016
John Kasich came in a distant third place, presently at 14.4%, with Marco Rubio coming in last at 8.4%
“Let me say God bless Kansas, and God bless Maine,” Cruz said at an election party in Idaho as the results were coming in.
On Friday, Trump made the curious decision to stiff CPAC, the largest annual gathering of grassroots conservatives in the nation, where he was scheduled to speak on Saturday.
Instead, Trump went to Kansas to campaign on Saturday, where he was soundly defeated.