Ted Cruz pulled in more than half of the delegates up for grabs in Saturday's Republican meetings, putting himself closer to a contested convention win should voting reach a second ballot, but Trump may eclipse him with "Super Tuesday" victories across the Northeast this week.
Cruz picked up at least 65 of the 94 delegates available, and may draw in even more once Kentucky's 25 delegates reveal who they will support, reports Politico.
Cruz's winnings included:
Maine: 19 of 20 seats, losing one to Gov. Paul LePage, a Trump supporter;
Minnesota: Nine delegates in three districts;
South Carolina: One of three delegates with the other two going to an uncommitteed delegate and to a supporter of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Utah: 36 out of 37 delegates, including Sen. Mike Lee, Gov. Gary Herbert and Reps. Mike Bishop and Mia Love. The other delegate, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, has not revealed who he backs.
Cruz has a sophisticated ground operation, but if he wants to make the credible case that he's a superior candidate to Trump at the RNC, he's going to have to muster a few more victories. Right now, Trump has major leads in California, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. If Cruz wants to be beat Trump, he'll need to start winning elections, and fast.