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Cruz beats Trump, Rubio needs to focus

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an election night watch party Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Stafford, Texas.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an election night watch party Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Stafford, Texas. AP

At least is wasn’t Donald J. Trump.

Sen. Ted Cruz won the Texas primary, but he didn’t get much else on Super Tuesday.

About 39 percent of Tarrant County voters favored Cruz, while businessman Trump, 69, came in second at around 28 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio, 44, came in at a solid third with about 20 percent.

Though it is unclear how many Texas delegates the candidates will end up with, Cruz winning will take a good amount away from Trump’s already hefty count.

Cruz and Trump have been at each other’s throats during the campaign while Rubio initially stuck to voicing his stances on issues and tried to stay out of the fighting.

But in the last weeks, Rubio started mudslinging along with Cruz and Trump, trying to knock either one down a peg and not only failing to do so, but actually hurting his chances in the process.

Rubio is only projected to win one of the 11 Super Tuesday states.

But this doesn’t spell the end for Rubio. He needs to turn his focus to Florida and build a campaign on issues and not mudslinging. Attacking Trump hasn’t worked, so a better tactic would be for Rubio to ignore the squabble and listen to what the Republican party needs, someone with an optimistic view of the future.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won the most states in Super Tuesday, but the underdog candidates also took home enough smaller prizes to remain in the race and fight another day.

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