Over the weekend, Republicans finished their delegate selections at the Colorado State Convention, and Ted Cruz won all 34 unbound national delegates, in spite of the fact that the state held no primary or caucus.
The Colorado State Convention was held in Colorado Springs on Saturday. In response to a rule change by the Republican National Committee (RNC), the Colorado GOP decided in August of last year to cancel their caucus altogether, leaving only the delegate process. All of the state’s delegates are unbound.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump was livid with the Colorado State Convention’s outcome over the weekend, saying that the whole system is rigged against him.
In an interview with Fox & Friends, Trump said:
“I’ve gotten millions … of more votes than [Sen. Ted] Cruz, and I’ve gotten hundreds of delegates more, and we keep fighting, fighting, fighting, and then you have a Colorado where they just get all of these delegates, and it’s not [even] a system…There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything. There’s no voting.”
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The Denver Post had reported last year in August shortly after the Colorado GOP’s decision:
Colorado will not vote for a Republican candidate for president at its 2016 caucus after party leaders approved a little-noticed shift that may diminish the state’s clout in the most open nomination contest in the modern era.
The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate who wins the caucus vote.
The move makes Colorado the only state so far to forfeit a role in the early nomination process, according to political experts, but other caucus states are still considering how to adapt to the new rule.
“It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season, said Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman.
If you go to that blog that explains the GOP nominating process, you’ll find that the rule changes had to do with preventing “caucus shenanigans” and closing “loopholes.” The Denver Post mentioned “stunts” and “political mischief.” Yes, those are all in reference to Ron Paul, who had won a majority of the state’s delegates at the Colorado State Convention in 2012, even though he didn’t win the popular vote.
Obviously, there was quite a contingency of Ted Cruz supporters in Colorado – or perhaps anti-Trump people. The RNC rule change would have required all of Colorado’s delegates to vote for the winner of the state’s caucus. It looks like the Cruz supporters – or anti-Trump group – didn’t want to risk having to vote for Trump at the convention, so the state party got rid of their caucus, leaving the delegates completely free to vote for Cruz – or against Trump.