With two wins, Cruz stakes claim as Trump's main Republican rival

March 6, 2016 11:27 AM

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WASHINGTON Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz solidified his claim to be front-runner Donald Trump's prime challenger by splitting four nominating contests with the real estate mogul, and both turned their attention to a crucial showdown in Michigan on Tuesday.

The wins for Trump and Cruz on Saturday were a setback for a Republican establishment that has largely lined up behind Marco Rubio, a U.S. senator who was shut out in the four contests.

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