Why Ted Cruz is now the Republican front-runner

Why Ted Cruz is now the Republican front-runner
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Donald Trump may have come out of New Hampshire with the victory, but Sen. Ted Cruz  has emerged as the Republican front-runner.

Though Trump’s victory in New Hampshire was no doubt impressive, the electorate of independent voters and super high turnout was tailor-made for him, whereas Cruz didn’t put substantial effort into winning the state — where very conservative candidates don’t typically do as well. He is currently in position to win third here, with votes still outstanding.

As the race moves to South Carolina, however, Cruz has a ground game in place and the electorate is much more tailored to his strengths.

In Iowa, Cruz dominated Trump among “very conservative” voters, who made up 40 percent of the electorate, and evangelicals, who made up 62 percent of voters. But when it came to New Hampshire, evangelicals only comprised 25 percent of the electorate and “very conservative” voters dropped to 27 percent.

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