George Pataki is saying that while Trump will probably win New York, Ted Cruz has great momentum and could make Trump’s victory turn into “Dead Sea fruit“.
Pataki says, “I think Ted Cruz has a real shot of surprising and doing really well!”
He goes on to state that Cruz’s strategy of targeting minority-heavy districts in NYC could minimize Trump’s success in his home state.
Full blown panic has also hit the Donald Trump campaign.
There is infighting, infrastructure issues, as well as Donald Trump’s major gaffs this last month.
“Donald Trump’s campaign just announced what is more or less a shake-up in terms of campaign management… without changing campaign managers. Essentially, The Trump campaign has taken power away from campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and giving it to their new “Convention Manager,” Paul Manafort.”
After Trump announced that he is “consolidating the functions” related to the nomination process and assigning them to Manafort, the games began!
Behind the scenes, Lewandowski is fighting to preserve his own power and to box out Paul Manafort, who was hired last month to lead the campaign’s delegate corralling effort. “Corey and his people know the knives are out for them,” said one source close to the campaign, referring to Manafort as a “pretty experienced in-fighter.”
On Saturday, Lewandowski went as far as to fire a young operative named James Baker, who’d been recently put in charge of its Colorado campaign—he’d arrived in the state less than 48 hours earlier—because he’d been communicating with Manafort after Lewandowski instructed him not to do so, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed. Lewandowski disputed the reason for Baker’s dismissal.
Then there was the revelation that Trump in his “Mobile Campaign”, had basically dismantled his operations in Florida and Ohio, the exact opposite of what you do when you are heading into the general election!
Politico also reported on that craziness:
Since March, the campaign has been laying off field staff en masse around the country and has dismantled much of what existed of its organizations in general-election battlegrounds, including Florida and Ohio.
Last month, the campaign laid off the leader of its data team, Matt Braynard, who did not train a successor. It elevated his No. 2, a data engineer with little prior high-level political strategy experience, and also shifted some of his team’s duties to a 2015 college graduate whose last job was an internship with the consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive. Some of the campaign’s data remains inaccessible.
Not to mention the problems Trump has self inflicted over the last two weeks.
Wives, abortion, big government control of education and healthcare…what a mess!!!
I have to agree with Pataki!
Take the downtrend of Trump, the uptrend of Cruz, and the fact that delegates are handed out per district in NY, Trump can gain the overall win, and still really come close to tying with delegates.
Add to that Ted Cruz’ massive grassroots structure and Trumps entire lack thereof.
Add to that the fact that Trump almost always underperforms the polls and Cruz almost always overperforms…
I would say the NY Primary will not be the BIG win that Trump and supporters are expecting.
It very well could be a very disappointing win for Trump in NY!
One of Trumps huge gaffs this last two weeks was on abortion. At one point, in 1999, he was self admittedly, Very Pro Choice!