Ted Cruz unexpectedly defeated Donald Trump on Super Tuesday in the Alaska GOP presidential primary, despite the endorsement of former governor and Tea Party darling Sarah Palin.
Palin, who endorsed Trump just prior to the Iowa Caucus, which was also won by Cruz over Trump, formerly was the gold standard of endorsements for conservatives. However, based on the results from Iowa and Alaska, it appears her influence is waning.
Ted Cruz unexpectedly beat Donald Trump 36.4% to 33.5%, with Marco Rubio coming in a distant third-place at 15.1%.
As in almost all Super Tuesday states, Ben Carson and John Kasich, who should both drop out of the race and have zero chance of getting elected to the presidency, pulled up the rear. Carson received 10.9%, and Kasich only 4.1%.
The Alaska Dispatch poll, conducted 1/5 – 1/12, predicted Trump defeating Cruz by four points, 28-24%
Neither Ben Carson nor John Kasich have won a single state thus far.
Marco Rubio won his first state, Minnesota, on Tuesday, while Ted Cruz won his fourth, including three on Super Tuesday, Texas, Oklahoma (a state he was predicted to finish third-place in), and Alaska.
Bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump, who was predicted to sweep all but the State of Texas on Tuesday, won the remaining states, underperforming polls, in some cases by a significant margin.