Cruz’s bold prediction comes at a time when his poll numbers are not so promising. According to Real Clear Politics’ latest numbers, Cruz trails Trump by double digits in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, California, and New Hampshire polls. Even with the low poll numbers, Cruz remained hopeful and explained his prediction.
I think his involvement has been tremendously helpful to my campaign because it has framed the central question of the primary as: Who will stand up to Washington?” Mr. Cruz said. “And if that’s the central question, the natural next question, that any voter will ask is okay, well who actually has stood up to Washington? Who has a record in that regard?”
Cruz’s reference to standing up to Washington possibly stems from when he equated President Obama’s IRS scandal to Nixon’s Watergate scandal. Cruz also criticized the president’s Iran deal, calling it “staggeringly bad” and claiming it will make the Obama administration the “world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.”