Ted Cruz sees path to White House running through the South

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) – Ted Cruz sees his way to the White House, and it runs between the hedges and through waters patrolled by the “Volunteer Navy.”


Not if you’re one of the voters the Texas senator is counting on to carry him to the Republican presidential nomination.

They’ll know that’s all part of college football lore in the Southeastern Conference, whose make-up roughly matches the states that will hold primaries next March.

The “SEC primary” is a new phenomenon, with Alabama, Tennessee and others moving up their contests for a Southern-tinged Super Tuesday on March 1.

Louisiana and Mississippi host primaries the following week.

Cruz says the tight turnaround will make it impossible for second-tier candidates to focus exclusively on early states and hope an “unexpected victory” can translate into national momentum.