Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz took aim at rival Donald Trump, telling supporters, ''You may have noticed that Donald is very unhappy,'' after Cruz won string of victories. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz took aim at rival candidate Donald Trump, telling supporters in Erie, Pennsylvania, "You may have noticed that Donald is very unhappy," after Cruz has won a string of victories in the Republican race. "He has been yelling and screaming and stomping his foot, and an awful ot of whining," Cruz said. "Vote against Donald, he screams the voters are stealing the election, well that's actually how elections work," Cruz said. He told supporters that he was the only viable alternative to potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "If we nominate Donald Hillary wins," Cruz said. He also said that Trump will need an overwhelming victory in next week's primary in New York. "you would expect him to do well in his home state, and of Donald doesn't get more than 50 percent of his home state, I think that widely is going to be seen as a crush loss," he said. A national Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday showed celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump had 41 percent support, to 35 percent for Cruz, according to responses from 598 Republicans. The result was within the poll's credibility interval. Cruz's support has risen in recent weeks, making him the first candidate to rival Trump's popularity among Republicans since neurosurgeon Ben Carson in November. Trump is favored to win the April 19 primary in his home state New York. Trump holds a huge lead in opinion polls there, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich running a distant second and Cruz in third place. A victory for Trump would help tamp down concerns among his supporters that he is suddenly vulnerable after Cruz beat him in Wisconsin last week and won all Republican delegates in Colorado on Saturday.