By David Byer
For the last few weeks, Ted Cruz has been on a roll. He racked up delegates in Colorado, Utah and Wisconsin, gained significantly in national polls and (if you believe the betting markets) increased his chances at winning the Republican nomination by about 20 percent. This is a big shift from a little over a month ago, when Donald Trump looked inevitable to some and was on track to get a majority of the delegates by the end of the primaries.
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So what changed? Why did Cruz suddenly start making these gains instead of John Kasich or Trump? There are typically a number of interconnected explanations for any significant political trend, but Cruz’s recent success seems to stem from picking up Marco Rubio’s voters and cashing in on early investments in on-the-ground organization.