GOP Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz holds rally in Kannapolis

- GOP Presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is holding a rally in Kannapolis.

Cruz's visit to North Carolina comes just one day after Republican front-runner Donald Trump visited Concord.

North Carolina's Presidential Primary is exactly one week away and the race for the White House is coming right through the Tarheel State.

A political expert told FOX46 Cruz doesn't have to win North Carolina to still make an impact where it matters. 

Donald Trump is expected to win North Carolina but that doesn't mean he's got the Republican nomination locked up.

"It seems that there's a race to win, which is Trump, and there's the race to peel off delegates in hopes of creating a fight at the Republican National Convention," said Eric Heberlig, UNCC political science professor. 

Heberlig says don't count of seeing much, if any, of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich in North Carolina. That's because the Primaries in their home states are on the same day as North Carolina's and Heberlig says it's "do or die" for them, in those states. 

"If they don't win in those states, there's not much of a claim they have to continue on in the race," Heberlig explained. 

But Texas Senator Ted Cruz could be the wild card in North Carolina specifically. The state is not what's called, "Winner Take All". 

North Carolina allocates its delegates proportionally, which means each candidate basically gets his share of the vote - and that could help Cruz. 

"Really the delegates to the convention are what he needs to prevent Trump from getting a majority at the convention and to allow an avenue for anti-Trump candidates to win the nomination," Heberlig said.

One thing interesting to point out - North Carolina moved its Primary up from May to mid-March this year. The goal was for the state to be more of a player in picking the nominee, but with three other states having their Primaries on the same day - we might not be getting as much attention as party leaders had hoped for. 

 

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