Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump wants a mulligan in Iowa. Here’s his latest:
Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
The real estate mogul is referring to Ted Cruz’s tactics to get voters in Iowa. Cruz was guilty of two things: sending out “voting violation” mailers that nearly cross the line of illegality and sending out his organizers on Caucus night to say that Ben Carson had dropped out.
Cruz has apologized to Carson for the underhanded tactic.
That’s not good enough for Trump who feels Cruz won Iowa based upon the “dirty tricks.”
The mogul’s argument does not hold water as Carson outperformed polling expectations by a point. While Cruz and Rubio also outperformed expectations, few points were gained by Cruz.
Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had a significant ground game in Iowa that most likely lifted results.
Donald Trump on the other hand, with his inexperienced campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, have a hard time organizing their way out of a wet paper bag.
Trump’s ground game couldn’t fill an overgrown nature trail in the Hawkeye State.
With that said, Trump’s tactic of bringing attention to the Texas senator’s dirty campaign is effective.
Ted Cruz should not have allowed the “voting violation” fliers to hit mailboxes and the Carson “drop out” scheme was ugly and unnecessary.
Ted Cruz is proving to be a candidate who will do anything to win, which is unfortunate and unnecessary, but Trump is bringing attention to it to lower trust in the candidate.
Tomorrow’s poll will tell the story if Trump’s negative branding of Cruz will make an impact.