Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suggested Saturday that Ted Cruz’s success in outmaneuvering GOP front-runner Donald Trump in internal battles for Republican convention delegates makes him a stronger candidate in fall battleground states like Florida and Ohio.
“If you want to defeat Hillary Clinton, you need to have somebody who has an organization,” Walker told reporters at a bear hunters convention in this small central Wisconsin town, a few hours before Trump was scheduled to arrive for a rally.
In a clear reference to Trump’s trouble matching Cruz in the arcane but potentially decisive fights among party insiders for delegates, Walker said, “When you start to see some of the weaknesses of some of the campaigns that really don’t have real strong grass-roots organizations – that’s what it takes to win in a state like Wisconsin.”
If Donald Trump loses Wisconsin’s GOP presidential primary Tuesday, the Republican dinner here Friday night could help explain why.
Local party loyalists showed little love and sometimes outright disdain for the New York billionaire as they chowed down on fried fish in the American Serb Hall, where two bars flank the banquet room and old-timers played cards in a bowling alley next door.
It didn't help that while rival candidates John Kasich and Ted Cruz, above, attended the dinner, Trump sent Sarah Palin to speak on his behalf. The crowd giggled during her disjointed speech.