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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"Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote the explosive dossier alleging ties between Donald Trump and Russia," says in a new book by The Guardian's Luke Harding that "Trump's land and hotel deals with Russians needed to be examined. ... Steele did not go into further detail, Harding said, but seemed to be referring to a 2008 home sale to the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. Richard Dearlove, who headed the UK foreign-intelligence unit MI6 between 1999 and 2004, said in April that Trump borrowed money from Russia for his business during the 2008 financial crisis."
"The British publicist who helped set up the fateful meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians at Trump Tower in June 2016 is ready to meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's office, according to several people familiar with the matter. Rob Goldstone has been living in Bangkok, Thailand, but has been communicating with Mueller's office through his lawyer, said a source close to Goldstone."
"Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone. ... Kislyak made the remarks in a sprawling interview with Russia-1, a popular state-owned Russian television channel."