Cruz finishes last in New York as 'values' line backfires

Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE is projected to come in third in New York’s GOP presidential primary, behind Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE and John Kasich, Fox News and MSNBC are reporting.

Cruz, who may end up getting zero delegates from New York state, was not helped by his attacks on "New York values." 

The New York values line — first delivered in January as a critique of Manhattan's liberal culture — played well among evangelicals in Iowa but came back to bite Cruz when he had to face Empire State voters. 

Cruz drew loud protests as he campaigned in the Bronx and tried to reframe the comment as an attack on New York Democrats. But returns from Tuesday show no evidence he made inroads with voters.

Trump is on track to win more than 50 percent of the New York vote statewide and could come close to winning all 95 delegates there.