BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Local Republican leaders reacted Tuesday night to Senator Ted Cruz dropping out of the race for the White House.
Cruz’s Western New York Coordinator Russ Gugino said they knew it would be tough to beat Donald Trump going into the night but he was still surprised Cruz left the race.
Gugino said the Cruz campaign could’ve spent more time campaigning in smaller cities and towns here in New York and across the country but acknowledged that’s incredibly hard to do during a national campaign.
He says Donald Trump has done a good job of getting his message across to voters.
“Donald Trump should be commended for being able to use the anger issue,” said Gugino. “Not just anger that people have toward the present administration, President Obama, but the very real anger republicans have towards the leaders of their own party. What the real message of today is there is a repudiation of republican leadership.”
He said Trump must now mend fences with republicans he’s offended and show voters he is presidential.
Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said the news Cruz dropped out was a relief. He told News 4 there is now no doubt Trump will be the party’s nominee. Langworthy has been a big supporter of the frontrunner.
Cruz and John Kasich had teamed up to prevent Donald Trump from getting the necessary delegates by focusing their efforts on different states.
Langworthy said that was a losing strategy from the start and now Donald Trump’s support is increasing in each state.
Moving forward, Langworthy said he does not expect a contested convention in Cleveland.
“I think now without Senator Cruz as a competitor, he will easily win the remaining competitions and be well over the remaining 1237 delegates needed when we get to Cleveland,” said Langworthy.