I actually think he has a broader but different base that Trump was able to put together, they are like bookends, polar opposites but sharing a broad middle for different reasons.
Trump for many reasons appealed to the low end crude, rude, racist, white nationalist, and those who couldn’t stomach Hillary period.
Cruz is a gentleman, has a great deal of gravitas, nothing crude or rude about him, and decades of demonstrating that he’s a true principled conservative.
They share a broad appeal among non catholic Christians, but Cruz has a much broader appeal among Catholics because of the high percentage of Catholic Hispanics.
In Texas Cruz regularly carries a higher percentage of the Hispanic vote than any other republican in the state and has the same broader appeal among Hispanics nationwide.
He’s also much more palatable with the over 30 demographics in general.
Honestly I’m still somewhat amazed and disappointed that Trump was able to get the nomination over him but I think it was just time because of the anti establishment wave that had been building for several years prior t 2016.
I was disappointed in some of Cruz’s campaign but proud that he maintained his gentlemanly demeanor instead of shedding it to fight it out in the gutter.
No matter what happens in 2024 I think it’s going to be a completely different race nationally no matter how successful Trump is should he win reelection.
No matter what if Trump wins again I think we’re going to see a wave of coattails and I really think there’s a strong chance of retaking and holding the house throughout the four years and possibly picking up enough seats to finally get a filibuster proof or near filibuster poof majority in the senate by 2026.
If that eight years goes well and republicans in the house and senate don’t let us down again I think there’s a high probability of 12-16 years of republicans holding the presidency and at least one if not both houses throughout the 2024-2032 period which would give us a real chance at a rebirth of the Reagan Era of success, stability, and most especially civility because the left can only run so far and so long on hate and division.