Very important primary looms in Indiana

By Dave Andrusko

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cruzfiorina2reNo two ways around it, tomorrow’s GOP presidential primary in Indiana is very important to pro-life Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who is trailing front runner Donald Trump in delegates, 996 to 565, according to Real Clear Politics.

At stake are 57 delegates which a candidate could sweep by winning the vote statewide and in all nine congressional districts.

Recent polls show Mr. Trump with a comfortable lead. Yet worth noting is that Mr. Trump was ahead by only 2 points in a poll conducted April 27.

Last week Sen. Cruz fortified his campaign with the selection of pro-life former business executive Carly Fiorina to be his vice president and by winning the endorsement of pro-life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (Fiorina described herself as “Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare.”)

Syndicated columnist Jennifer Rubin offered some counter-conventional wisdom thoughts over the weekend in “What if Cruz wins Indiana?

Her opening sentence is worth remembering:

The mainstream media are all too ready to go with the “Republicans accept Trump” narrative, if only because they cannot wait to get on with the Trump vs. Hillary Clinton brawl.

So, what if Cruz does win Indiana? These are not revolutionary insights on Rubin’s part, but they are truisms obliterated in the rush to finalize the Trump/Clinton presidential faceoff. They include

· A new story line. Trump’s inevitability takes a back seat, at least for a while.

· More money and less “buzz” about some third candidate jumping in at the eleventh and a half-hour.

· Pressure on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out before the huge June 7 California primary.

· More respect, even from those who might not be big huge fans of Sen. Cruz.

Were Sen. Cruz to win Tuesday, if he could prevail in Nebraska, May 10, it could generate momentum.

As NRL News Today reported last week, the Indiana Right to Life PAC endorsed the Cruz/Fiorina ticket. Mike Fichter, Chairman of the Indiana Right to Life PAC, said:

“Carly Fiorina will make a powerful pro-life running mate for Ted Cruz while providing a direct contrast to the pro-abortion views of Hillary Clinton. A Cruz-Fiorina ticket will send a clear message that the protection of unborn children is paramount in the 2016 elections and will serve to motivate a conservative base looking for a ticket it can really get behind. Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina provide the best opportunity to put the White House back in pro-life hands this November.”

In addition, in an agreement reached the weekend before last, Gov. Kasich said he would not compete in Indiana and Sen. Cruz said he would not compete in New Mexico or Oregon.