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Eric Cantor

Ted Cruz is working multiple angles to take down Donald Trump

Despite his impressive victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz faces a long slog as the Republican nominating contest shifts to more moderate East Coast states and he navigates an awkward new alliance with the GOP establishment he built a career on attacking.

The fiery Texas senator pushed into New York on Wednesday well aware of the challenges ahead, swapping his evangelical Christian message for an urban-focused economic one, and making nice with Republican Party leaders whose backing he needs, even though he knows he can't fully embrace or trust their support.

As the No. 2 candidate in the delegate tally behind Trump, Cruz is the party's best shot at preventing the...