During Ted Cruz's speech this evening, he told his audience that he was the only Republican candidate who had beaten Donald Trump "over and over again."
While Cruz has won 9 GOP contests, he might come away empty handed tonight. While it is possible that Cruz could pull out a victory in Missouri, it would be a very narrow one and Trump could leave the Show Me state with nearly as many delegates as Cruz. At the beginning of tonight, Trump was leading Cruz by 100 delegates. As of this writing, Trump has more than doubled his lead.
Now Cruz says it's a two man race, but many of the 20 contests remaining are in the Northeast and I see Cruz trailing Kasich in many of those states.
Cruz's only chance is at a contested convention and even if that comes to pass the odds are very much against the Texas Senator. And let's say Cruz does somehow win the GOP nomination. Can anyone see Trump backing "Lyin' Ted"? Trump would most certainly run a third party bid if he doesn't win the Republican nomination.