Texas Senator Ted Cruz is rising in the Republican presidential primaries, heading up to the 2016 presidential election. He is running second or tied to frontrunner Donald J. Trump. Mr. Cruz, 45, is on a swing of Southern states that will be crucial to the victor of the Republican presidential nomination. Cruz thinks that if the bombastic businessman Trump implodes in the Iowa polling, or near to the February 1 Iowa caucus, that he can surge to support by getting the Trump supporters-blue collar, white working class voters, and consolidating those voters with evangelical conservative voters in Iowa, South Carolina, and the S.E.C. states (Southern states that will hold primaries in March). With Cruz winning those states, other alternatives to Cruz such as Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would be effectively finished in the race, with them having no meaning of continuing their nonexistent presidential campaigns.
Cruz could win the Republican presidential nod; if he were to be the GOP nominee in Cleveland in July 2016, he would be one of the most conservative candidates in a generation. Cruz could win the presidency by surging conservative voters to the polls-the same disaffected conservatives that failed to turn out for the Romney/Ryan 2012 G.O.P. ticket. If Cruz wins, we will see how the U.S. will look like in 4 years.