The state of Texas has 155 delegates up for grabs next Tuesday during its primary election, and while Texas has a winner-take-all provision, the state will likely only award all 155 delegates to the top candidate if he manages to win in dramatic fashion.
Winning Texas could be a game-changer if either Senator, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, manages to beat Donald Trump.
At least one native political pundit, “Texas Monthly” senior editor Erica Greider, is confident that Cruz's home state will come through for him. In an interview with MSNBC's Tamron Hall, Greider said:
“I would be shocked if Donald Trump wins in Texas.”
“Regardless of who is running, Ted Cruz will win Texas. That was true from the beginning of the campaign. He’s very popular here.”
On Wednesday, Texas Governor Abbott officially endorsed Cruz, saying:
“Unlike far too many in Washington, the Ted Cruz we’ve seen in the Senate is the same Ted Cruz we elected. And he’s the same Ted Cruz I served with when I was Attorney General and Ted was Solicitor General.”
According to the latest Real Clear Politics average, Cruz has a good chance of proving Greider right. He leads Trump by five points, and has nearly double the support of Senator Marco Rubio.
The GOP candidates square off again Thursday night at a debate being held at the University of Houston, giving them a chance to woo Texas voters just ahead of their Super Tuesday primary votes on March 1st.