Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scored social media points last night when he revealed that debate host Meghan Kelly had called Mr. Trump Voldemort, as in, “he who must not be named.”
Last night’s debate was noticeably calmer, sans Donald Trump. Ted Cruz was the night’s frontrunner onstage, Mittra says.
“He was a little more of a target,” Mittra says.
At one point, Cruz seemed to threaten walking off the stage, but it didn’t work very well. Mittra says Cruz didn’t do much to “move the dial” at last night’s debate.
“(Cruz) didn’t hurt himself,” he says, “but at the same time he was playing defense quite a bit more than he has in previous debates. With Iowa around the corner, most folks minds are already made up.”
Mittra says nothing will be decided solely by the Iowa caucuses, and most will stay in the race through Super Tuesday, so-called because Texas and 11 other states hold their caucuses and primaries on Tuesday, March 1. Iowa is an important race for Cruz, though, because of the evangelical vote in the state, Mittra says.
“If he comes in second, it’s kind of a hit,” he says.