It's been a rough welcome in the Empire State for Ted Cruz as the GOP candidate rolls across New York ahead of the primary contest on April 19. The New York Daily News is reminding voters of Cruz's "New York values" comments, Cruz had to cancel an event at a Bronx high school yesterday and only a few people showed up to a rally he hosted in the borough. Currently he's trailing behind Trump and Kasich in polling.
But all of this bad news isn't stopping Cruz from trying after winning Wisconsin. In fact, he's managed to score a meeting with former New York City Mayor and long time Trump friend and backer Rudy Giuliani.
According to POLITICO the meeting isn't simply about making the rounds with New York's locals, but instead is an attempt to get Giuliani to reconsider his endorsement of Trump.
The meeting could signal a significant shift: Trump had in February said Giuliani was acting as an informal adviser to him, and Giuliani had spoken favorably of him publicly several times, including at an event in Peoria, Illinois, when he alluded to the billionaire developer’s slogan, saying, “I hope you’ll look for a candidate who can set a direction for this country that one, talks about how great they are, a lot.”Regardless of endorsements, Trump is expected to win New York by a significant margin, but considering Cruz has two weeks to campaign and convince voters he's the better choice, anything can happen.
But with the New York primary looming April 19, the former New York mayor and 2008 presidential candidate seems to be having second thoughts. He’ll meet with the Texas senator, who’ll need to pull off a significant upset to be able to beat Trump in his home state and to rack up the delegates to force a brokered convention in Cleveland, where he’d hope to come out on top with the nomination.