Senator Ted Cruz (R-AL) dropped out of Saturday’s Republican presidential candidate forum at Samford University after dropping to third place in the latest polling.
Senator Ted Cruz is in third place behind Trump and Rubio and has one-third of the support of Trump in the state.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is bailing on Saturday’s Republican presidential candidate forum at Samford University, leaving one of his 2016 rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as the only candidate to take part in the discussion. Yellowhammer News, the organizer of the forum, said the sold-out event would still go on.
An unnamed political consultant who spoke to the Alabama news outlet said the next string of primary states on March 1, which includes Alabama and several other states in which has been dubbed the “SEC Primary,” could doom Cruz’s chances at the nomination.
“If Cruz — the Texan, the staunch evangelical, the anti-Washington guy — can’t win in Alabama and across the South, he can’t win,” the consultant said. “I’ve seen polling in the last week that shows Cruz in third in Alabama, far behind Trump and behind Rubio, too. It might become apparent after March 1st that Cruz’s goose is cooked.”