When New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump last week, it was the icing on the cake. It was Marco Rubio who was supposed to bring on the headline endorsements, as the more mainstream also-rans coalesced behind an alternative to Trump, so long as it isn’t ideologically rigid Ted Cruz, who is even more unpopular than Trump with the Republican establishment. But alas for the mainstreamers and moderates, Christie was the first big name to drop, and it dropped on Trump, giving him a hitherto unavailable entrée into the old-line GOP.

After racking up victories in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Trump is poised to all-but run the table of the 12 state primaries on March 1. He will probably come in second in Texas, but get some of the delegates by holding homeboy Cruz to less than 50%. 

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