Dan Proft discussed Super Tuesday on CBS Chicago
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Host: I’m joined now by republican political analyst Dan Proft, and Dan, love him or hate him, Donald Trump has a big night; let’s take a look at the map and we’ll talk about it a little bit. He win Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas; Ted Cruz wins Texas and Oklahoma; were you surprised by how strong Donald Trump was? Dan Proft: No, I mean this is a continuation of the last three primaries – two primaries and a caucus – he wins in the South, he wins in New England, it happened again tonight, and here is the bottom line. This is a movement. Even Donald Trump couldn’t stop Donald Trump at this moment. It’s psychological, not substantive, and that’s what people need to understand if they want to get a sense of what’s happening: people who live conservative lives small see, who have been hurt financially and who’ve been ridiculed culturally by fat cat Republicans Beltway elites, and they’re revolting. This is full revolt. Host: What about Ted Cruz, though? He finishes second; he finishes with two wins tonight. He’s won three caucus and a couple of primaries overall. Dan Proft: I think Ted Cruz now is in a better position to reestablish himself as the Trump alternative, to make the case tomorrow that I’m actually the alternative to Trump, not Marco Rubio, because you know, I’m winning states and Marco Rubio isn’t. That’s the opportunity that Cruz has. Host: Alright, let’s take a look at an exit-poll from Georgia to give you an idea to just where the Republicans heads are at, and they said they want their next president to be outside of politics. 52% said that. 38% said they wanted it to have a political expertise. So no question, a bad night for Marco Rubio, and he spoke to his supporters just moments ago. Marco Rubio: Two weeks from tonight, right here in Florida, we are going to send a message loud and clear. We are going to send a message that the party of Lincoln and Reagan, and the presidency of the United States will never be held by a con artist! Host: Now I know there’re a couple of races still outstanding tonight; one of them we saw in Minnesota, the caucuses there – Rubio’s ahead, but as yet has won nothing. Dan Proft: Rubio’s won fewer states than Bernie Sanders, and Bernie Sanders everybody agrees is done. Marco Rubio is not in a strong position yet; two weeks from now they go to Florida, and Florida’s probably his little big horn – he’s out of the race after Florida. Host: And he’s down by a significant… Dan Proft: 20 in Florida. This Donald Trump movement, like it or dislike it, is real. Host: Dan Proft, you heard it from him, our republican strategist; thanks for the time, Dan! Dan Proft: Thank you!