When Donald Trump announced his candidacy back in June, he entered an already crowded field. The idea that the hotel mogul might go on to win the Republican nomination was laughable. Here was a political novice with a blowhard reputation; his public persona was an angry caricature–more like a spokesperson for his brand than a real-life person.
But as the primaries draw closer, it’s looking more and more like Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee.
Closing in on the primaries
Donald Trump has maintained a steady lead in the polls throughout his campaign. Much to the chagrin of the GOP establishment, there seems to be no stopping him. His most formidable challenger, Senator Ted Cruz, had been gaining momentum—recent polls showed that he and Trump were neck and neck in Iowa and California. Questions about Cruz’s eligibility for the Presidency, however, are looming large as the primaries approach.
Cruz is an American citizen, but he was born in Canada, and it remains unclear whether that disqualifies him as a candidate. Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution, which lays out eligibility standards for the Presidency, dictates that only a “natural born citizen” of the U.S. can hold the Office of the President. The term “natural born citizen,” however, has never been defined.
A former Constitutional lawyer, Cruz argues that despite having been born in Canada, he is eligible to run for President. Indicators suggest, however, that Cruz might face an uphill battle in the court of public opinion; a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed that a quarter of
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