Trump holds double-digit lead over Cruz in IN ahead of primary

Sen. Ted Cruz believes in his ability to win or at the very least be highly competitive in California's Republican presidential primary.

A handful of surveys were completed after Cruz announced Carly Fiorina would be his vice presidential pick if he won the Republican nomination, Downs said. And he's vowed to stay in the race, regardless of the results.

"I've never told them not to vote for me", Kasich said during a campaign stop at an IN diner.

IN could be a critical state moving towards the Republican convention, influencing the ballots.

"If we win in Indiana, it's over", Trump said during a Thursday rally in Evansville, Indiana.

"Ted Cruz' campaign team, whether you like them or not, understood the rules and prepared the ground", Beard said.

Both the IN primaries are opened primaries - meaning any registered voter may cast a ballot IN the Republican or Democratic primary, regardless of party affiliation. John Rosado, of Phoenix, signs in to select delegates to attend the National Republican convention during the Arizona Republican 2016 state convention at the Mesa Convention Center Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Mr Trump, campaigning on the eve of Indiana's primary, made clear that he will have more to say about his accusation that Mrs Clinton is playing gender politics: "We're making a list of the many, many times where it's all about her being a woman".

Trump leads Clinton, 48% to 41%, but only leads Sanders 47% to 46%. He has further to go win the prize than Mrs Clinton in her contest with Bernie Sanders.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Vermont Sen.

Kornacki wrote of Indiana: "It's hard to overstate the importance of this state".

Clinton's team has started deploying staff to states that will be crucial in November and is also raising money for the fall campaign.

Trump has turned many of his attacks toward Hillary Clinton, and she's firing right back as the two prepare for a general election battle. And if the Manhattan tycoon does as well in IN tomorrow as the most recent polls predict, there may not be a second ballot at the convention so the point will wind up being moot.

Bill Beard is the Pima County Republican Party Chairman.

The poll showed the depth of the challenge facing Cruz, a conservative USA senator from Texas who is trying to prevent Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates needed to seal the nomination.

Cruz and Kasich are counting on keeping Trump short of that magic number to force a so-called contested convention, in which delegates are free to pick any candidate they chose if no one earns the majority of the delegates outright.

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