He's finished after last night.
Hardly. Cruz is a brilliant campaigner. While the "New Yorker" bit may have garnered some antipathy from a few in the media, it clearly resonated with early primary voters. Trump, on the other hand, came off as squishy, exploitative (9/11 was never brought up by Cruz) and juvenile.
Cruz is building momentum. His funding is through the roof, he`ll most likely win Iowa, and I suspect he will do quite well in South Carolina.
Frankly, I get the feeling (actually, not just a feeling
-- I know
for a fact) Trump is beginning to rub many earlier conservative supporters the wrong way. It`s still Trump`s nomination to lose at this point, but his alarming proclivity toward shooting himself in the foot is beginning to cause some concern. And you can fully count on Cruz to not make the same mistakes.
Another thing to consider: the democrat party is in shambles. They may disappear for a generation or longer. They have absolutely zero
fresh talent, and they`ve run out of Clintons (Hillary will
face indictment and will be forced to retire -- as I predicted many months ago). The power brokers in the GOP will want to take full advantage of the democrat`s quandary. Thus, they will not be of a mind to play ball with a wild card like Trump, who might end up being a one-term disaster in the WH, and subsequently breathing renewed life back into a flailing DNC.