Cruz: GOP will lose Senate if Trump wins nomination
© Getty Images

Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE warned that nominating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE as the Republican’s presidential candidate will cost the party its majority in the Senate.

As Trump increased his delegate lead on Super Tuesday, Cruz was asked about his White House rivals in an interview on MSNBC. The Texas senator made the pitch for Republicans to join together for the greater good, without explicitly calling on specific candidates to drop out. 

ADVERTISEMENT
“There comes a point where you have to ask: Do you want Donald Trump to be the nominee?" he said of his rivals. 

"If Donald Trump is the nominee, I think Republicans get clobbered, I think we lose the Senate, I think we lose to Hillary [Clinton], and we lose the Supreme Court for a generation." 

Cruz took multiple swipes at Trump during his Super Tuesday speech, repeating his call for party unity. And while he said during his interview that he wouldn't call on his colleagues to drop out of the race, he expects them to consider the idea that the billionaire businessman will become the nominee if they stay in. 

"I know the other Republicans running don’t want that, so I'm confident in the days that go ahead, people are going to look at the numbers and consider what to do,” he said.