Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) “presidential campaign said it raised more than $12.5 million in March, the biggest monthly fundraising total of the campaign. … The campaign did not release the amount of cash it currently has on hand. Cruz has increasingly been leaning on a super PAC supporting him, allowing him to keep resources as the nomination fight drags on. Cruz’s campaign raised $66 million by the end of February but entered March with only $8 million in the bank.” (Washington Post)
SUCCESS IN COLORADO: “Cruz effectively won Colorado on Friday, as he claimed a majority of the state’s 37 national delegates. The Texas senator dominated the seven early delegate contests at the congressional district level, a clean sweep that earned him 17 bound national delegates and an additional four unpledged delegates who declared support for his campaign. To officially win the state, according to party leaders, he needs 19 bound delegates: a mark he is expected to reach Saturday at the state GOP convention in Colorado Springs.” (Denver Post)
Cruz was also able to add to his delegate count in Iowa and South Carolina over the weekend. (TIME)
MICHIGAN STUMBLE: Cruz did suffer “a rare convention loss Saturday after delegates backing” Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and celebrity businessman Donald Trump (R) “boxed him out of key positions in the Michigan delegation. The Texas senator’s campaign ran eight delegates for eight committee spots and lost every one.” (CNN)
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: “Nearly two months before the state’s primary on June 7. … Cruz is heading west for two stops on Monday, holding rallies in Irvine and San Diego as most of the political class remains focused on a contest about 3,000 miles away. The Cruz campaign views success in California, which awards 172 delegates, as critical to keeping … Trump from reaching a majority of delegates before the Republican convention.” (New York Times)
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