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Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina As Vice Presidential Pick

The Texas senator’s move may be a last throw of the dice to block Donald Trump from winning the California GOP primary – and with it, the party’s presidential nomination.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has named as his running mate Carly Fiorina, his former rival for the Republican presidential nomination.

Cruz’s announcement came less than 24 hours after Donald Trump’s sweep of five northeastern primaries. Richard Murray, a political science professor at the University of Houston, says that sweep made it impossible for Cruz to win the Republican nomination before the party’s convention in Cleveland.

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“I would expect that his sort of jumping ahead and calling a press conference is partly to change the subject from a really bad night, but also to try to position himself somewhat better for the June 7 California primary,” Murray says. Fiorina ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from California in 2010.

If Trump wins California’s primary in June, he’s likely to have the 1,237 delegates he needs to claim the Republican presidential nomination. However, if Trump gets to Cleveland with fewer delegates, and he isn’t able to clinch the nomination on the first or second ballot, it’s possible some of those delegates could switch to Cruz on the third.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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