This post was written by Connor Balough

Ted Cruz lost every state up for grabs last night, including the hotly contested Missouri, the first midwestern state that the Senator lost. The losses grow worse as Rubio’s exit from the race show that even with it being Trump, Cruz, and Kasich, the numbers for Cruz don’t add up.

For Cruz, he would need to win 8 out of 10 delegates, which is essentially impossible at this point.

Conservative activists are fuming:

What’s that famous saying? “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” It’s time for Ted Cruz to wake up and make the phone call that changes history, changes the GOP, changes the course of America.

It’s time to face reality. Donald Trump will be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee. Only Trump has a path to the nomination. Ted Cruz is delusional if he thinks he can win the nomination…or deserves to win the nomination.

He was shut out on Tuesday night. Shut out as in zero, zilch, zip, nada. It was Trump 4, Kasich 1, Cruz 0, Rubio cut from the team.

Cruz can’t be the nominee. We’re deep into the GOP presidential race on a key Super Tuesday and he can’t even win one state. The nomination winner can’t be 0 for 5 on a Super Tuesday. That’s not a man on the way to becoming leader of the free world.

Kasich can’t be the nominee. He just won his first state out of 27. He’s 1 win, 26 losses in the GOP race. And the one win was a “homer.” The sitting Governor of Ohio just won his own state. My guess is very few sitting Governors have ever lost their home state. So please don’t get any delusions of grandeur John! No GOP power broker is stupid enough to award the presidential nomination to a guy who is 1 win, 26 loses. That would be the death of the Republican Party.

That leaves one man left standing — Donald J Trump.

Up to this point, it has been an article of faith among many conservatives and GOP lawmakers that nominating Donald Trump would be a disaster for the party, and for the country. But with the results of Super Tuesday II, it is becoming more and more obvious that stopping Trump could be more harmful to the GOP than letting him run against Hillary.

The major parties have recovered from nominating unpopular candidates before. The GOP lost with Goldwater in 1964, only to win with Nixon four years later. McGovern’s blowout defeat in 1972 was followed by Carter’s win in 1976. As these examples show, a major party can recover from even a crushing defeat in the presidential election.

It’s not so clear, however, that a party could recover from an Establishment-led coup that would deny the front-runner the nomination. Of course, it’s still possible that Ted Cruz will unite the anti-Trump forces and run off a string of victories showing that he represents most Republicans. But if that does not happen, and the GOP yields to the temptation to bend the rules or pull odd tricks to throw the nomination to a candidate who got fewer votes and delegates than Trump, it is very likely that many Trump voters would give up on the GOP for good.

For a Republican Party that needs Trump’s working-class base to have any hope of national office, losing any significant portion of that bloc could have devastating, long-term consequences.

So as the primaries continue, smart Republicans — including Trump himself —would do well to at least consider the potential benefits of working together. After all, if Hillary wins, all Republicans will be shut out of the executive and judicial branches of government for four more years. On the other hand, a Trump victory would give lots of Republicans a chance to wield levers of power that can only be reached from the White House.

A Time to Unite

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