Ted Cruz Pulls Off Wins in Texas and Oklahoma

The home-state senator will likely share delegates with Trump, while Rubio may be shut out.

CQ Roll Call via AP Images

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


Ted Cruz defied Donald Trump’s rolling victory party, pulling off a win in his home state of Texas, networks are projecting now. The win was not totally unexpected, but it was crucial for Cruz, who desperately needed a victory in a Southern state. Cruz still trails Trump badly in the delegate count, but at least he was able to show that he could hold his own state against the Trump juggernaut.

The big question may be how well Trump and Rubio do. A candidate must win at least 20 percent of the vote to qualify for any chunk of the Lone Star State’s 155 delegates—the big prize of Super Tuesday. Trump will almost certainly make that threshold, but at the moment Rubio is hovering just below 20 percent, meaning that Cruz and Trump could share all the delegates.

UPDATE, March 1, Tuesday, 9:15 p.m. ET: Multiple networks are calling Oklahoma for Cruz, too, giving him a second win on a night that’s otherwise belonged largely to Trump.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily crazy—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily crazy—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate