Leftist Politico reports on the battle for GOP delegates.
Donald Trump’s campaign got burned again Saturday in the hunt for loyal delegates to the Republican national convention — this time on turf where he’d recently trounced his rivals in primary elections.
[…][H]e walked away in defeat in Arizona — losing about 40 of the 55 delegate slots that were up for grabs on the day.
[…]Though all of Arizona’s delegates are bound to vote for Trump on the first vote at the national convention, most are likely to flip to Cruz if Trump is unable to clinch the nomination.
And Cruz wasn’t done racking up victories on Trump’s turf. In Virginia, where Trump beat Cruz by a two-to-one margin in a March 1 primary, Cruz’s forces captured at least 10 of the 13 delegates on the ballot. The Texas senator won 18 of 24 delegates in local Missouri conventions, even though Trump won that state on primary day as well.
In all, Cruz won about 80 delegate slots on the day of the more than 170 up for grabs. Another handful went to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and even Marco Rubio — who dropped out of the race on March 15 — scored about seven supportive delegates. Another dozen haven’t revealed who they support yet.
What’s amazing is that the Cruz campaign could have had all 13 delegates in Virginia, but the campaign let Donald Trump have 3 delegates.
ABC News explains:
Cruz surrogate Ken Cuccinnelli argued that the outcome today was not out of line, because Trump only won 38 percent of the vote in Virginia.
“Ted is successfully coalescing — unifying, most of the rest of the party and that’s the only way we can do this, that’s the only way we can win a vote like this,” he told ABC after the vote.
“That and having a good grassroots is why we’re doing so well in these events all around the country,” he added.
Cuccinelli went on to say the slate was an “olive branch” to Trump supporters.
“If we wanted a 13-0 slate, we could have had it. Instead we supported the mixed slate that was a unity slate, and that’s an effort we’re trying to make all around the country,” he said.
Incredible. I don’t know if you guys remember Ken Cuccinelli, but I am a huge admirer of that man. He lost the race to be governor because the GOP establishment did absolutely nothing to back him in the election, because he was seen as “too conservative”. Too much of a Tea Party outsider. Cuccinelli has made positive comments about intelligent design – that’s how I know of him. And he is very strong against global warming socialism, as well. Nice to see people I respect on Team Cruz-Fiorina. We have all the real conservatives.
Today, Chris Wallace interviewed Trump about his incredibly high unfavorable numbers among Hispanics and women:
I for one am not surprised that someone so self-contradictory cannot win any delegates at the state level.
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