In what many people are calling “voterless victories,” Senator Ted Cruz picked up all 14 delegates in Wyoming over the weekend. In addition, he won a substantial amount of delegates in Georgia’s congressional district conventions, in spite of Donald Trump’s primary victory in that state.
It’s a Ted Cruz sweep in Wyoming.
The crowd here was clearly in Cruz’s corner, as the Texas senator was the only candidate to make the trip to Casper — ahead of a major snowstorm — and Sarah Palin, scheduled to speak for Trump, previously canceled.
“If you don’t want to see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don’t want to hand the general (election) to Hillary Clinton, which is what a Trump nomination does, then I ask you to please support the men and women on this slate,” Cruz said, holding up a piece of paper of 14 recommended delegates.
Twelve members of that slate won. They are bound to the senator on the first ballot and have also made a non-binding pledge to stick with him as long as things go in Cleveland.
For Cruz, Saturday is another victory that demonstrates how his campaign has organized party insiders and activists to make it difficult for Trump to capture the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination.
Regarding Georgia’s congressional district conventions, Breitbart reported:
The Donald Trump campaign is accusing the Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) campaign of staging a coordinated “attack” in Georgia that led to pro-Trump delegate candidates being challenged and deposed in every corner of the state, which Trump had won resoundingly in the primary.
“Private backroom nominations committees producing ‘recommended’ slates, county delegations voting in blocs, floor motions made targeting our supporters,” Trump national delegate director Brian Jack claimed, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. “This is the machine politics we read about in school, not the grassroots activism our campaign encourages.”
Trump supporters walked out of the district convention in Buford Saturday after a Cruz-Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) alliance bumped all of the potential Trump delegates off that district’s slate. But the chaos in Buford happened everywhere at Saturday’s district conventions, with Cruz supporters isolating and targeting pro-Trump delegate candidates in order to reverse Georgia’s votes on a potential second ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
“Within an hour I knew this had happened all over the state of Georgia,” Thomas Deen, senior data analyst for the Trump campaign in Georgia, told Breitbart News. “I am aware of instances in all fourteen of our congressional districts.”
People – particularly Trump supporters – are calling these “voterless victories.” In reality, these are voters who happen to be engaged in the delegate process. They were active at their local precinct meetings earlier in the year where people can first become delegates, and they continued on to their county conventions, their congressional district conventions, and finally to their state conventions. Those who win national delegate slots at the state convention will go on to the national convention to vote.
Having said that, it would be naïve to assume that this is nothing more than an organic Ted Cruz “grassroots uprising.” What Ron Paul had in 2008 and 2012 was truly an organic grassroots uprising with absolutely no assistance whatsoever from any establishment-associated figure or group. In Ted Cruz’s case, it’s more of a GOP establishment-backed anti-Trump coordinated effort.
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The GOP are doing whatever they need to do in order to keep Trump from garnering that magic number of delegates. If that means temporarily buddying up with Ted Cruz – only to leave him high and dry at the convention – then so be it. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” For now. The RNC changed the rules at the last minute in 2012 to keep Ron Paul out of the game. They’ll do it again in a heartbeat to stop both Trump and Cruz.