With Ted Cruz apparently dropping out, I have to say that I think Cruz ran a relatively strong campaign from a technical standpoint. He’s not a natural leader of men, so for him to come in second out of almost a dozen and a half candidates shows a cunning and resourceful mind. Nixon would have been impressed. Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.
Cruz early on in the campaign figured out that Donald Trump and the immigration issue were for real, so he did what he could to avoid running headlong into those intertwined juggernauts. Unfortunately for Cruz, Trump figured out fairly early that Cruz was his most formidable opponent and turned his fire on him.