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Is Ted Cruz a Formidable Challenger Against Donald Trump?

It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background. In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has […]

It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background.

In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has seen his profile rise in some polling, with some characterizing him as a potentially serious challenger to Donald Trump in the GOP presidential race. In fact, Wall Street Journal analysis of recent Journal/NBC News polling data suggests two-thirds of Trump’s most ardent supporters could see themselves supporting Cruz for the nomination should Trump drop out.

But how much does America know about Ted Cruz, and when Republicans nationwide get to know him better, will he continue to bubble up…or slide down?

We ask University of Houston political scientists Brandon Rottinghaus and Christine LeVeaux-Haley to discuss Cruz’s viability as the GOP nominee.

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