Cruz, Rubio join forces in Arkansas to block Trump delegates

Source: Washington Examiner | April 12, 2016 | David M. Drucker

Ted Cruz’s and Marco Rubio’s supporters have teamed up in Arkansas to pack the state delegation with individuals who’ll turn against Donald Trump in a contested convention.

Since Rubio ended his presidential bid March 15, his network of party insiders has lined up behind Cruz to win delegates who’d vote for the Texas senator once they’re no longer bound to Trump in a floor fight. Trump won Arkansas’ GOP primary March 1 with 32.8 percent of the vote compared to Cruz’s 30.5 percent and Rubio’s 24.9 percent. But Cruz’s canny operatives, with Rubio riding shotgun, is likely to thwart Trump in the delegate election.

Trump’s organization is as sloppy in Arkansas as elsewhere, just as Cruz’s is an efficient machine in state after state. This could ding the Donald, costing him as many as 25 delegates after a first inconclusive ballot. Cruz, who finished with 15 out of the available 40 delegates in primary voting, stands to gain all 16 Trump delegates and the 9 won by Rubio.

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That is just one reason why the delegation that arrives in Cleveland is likely to be dominated by “never Trump” forces. The other is Trump’s lax effort to post delegate candidates that he can depend on to defend his winnings from the primary.

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By working delegate elections in precincts, counties and states Trump won, including Arkansas, Cruz is loading slates with loyalists who are pledging to support him for the nomination once unbound. In many of these contests, the Trump campaign has suffered from disorganization — or from being absent from the process. Delegate candidates tend to be comprised of grassroots party regulars, another factor that could hurt Trump.

In Arkansas, delegates will be elected in a series of local elections in April, culminating with meeting of the state central committee on May 14. Candidates had to meet a Feb. 19 deadline to file to run. The Cruz campaign was actively engaged in recruiting candidates going back several months. The Trump campaign was, and remains, largely absent, Arkansas GOP insiders say, mirroring the front-runner’s problems in other states.

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  •  ConstitutionalConservative #4297

    Every time I read how Cruz is outsmarting Trump because he hate the rules and is clueless as how to play by the rules, this tune pops into mind:

    ♫ Whatchagonna do when they come for you ♫ bad boy, bad boy ♫

     Victoria #4298

    Consistent/ConstitutionalConservative, you guys are so wrong. :o) Trump is the greatest deal maker in the entire universe, yes, the greatest deal maker among all the planets of the universe. Ted Cruz is a scumbag who didn’t know Trump is the greatest deal maker, so he got all those delegates instead of waiting for the greatest deal maker in the universe to get them. Oh, well, sure, Trump didn’t know the rules, but that doesn’t matter as he is the greatest deal maker in the universe.

    Trump says this morning, the delegate system is “rigged”. He should know as he is the greatest deal maker in the universe. Please make your comments in the future complaining about this “rigged” delegate system and call Cruz “lyin Cruz” as that is Cruz’s real name. He was given that name by his illegal mother when she gave birth in some foreign country. I think Cruz’s real language is Swahili, that being the language of some foreign country in Africa, or it is English as spoken in Texas, some big state in the USA. Please keep this information confidential, never put it on the internet, okay?

    President Ted Cruz, as of November, 2016

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