The party will pick 25 delegates this weekend, and their votes will be up for grabs when the GOP picks a presidential nominee in July.
Ted Cruz is slated to personally attend North Dakota’s state GOP convention this weekend, lobbying state party insiders to send Cruz-friendly delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Cruz, according to North Dakota GOP officials, will deliver the keynote address Saturday, a day before state party activists elect 25 delegates to the national convention.
Unlike in most other states, North Dakota’s delegates won’t be beholden to any single candidate when they get there, making the delegate selection process the most significant political event in North Dakota this year. If Cruz and Donald Trump are locked in a tight race, North Dakota’s delegates could become part of a decisive bloc of “unbound” attendees, free to vote for whomever they choose.
Aware of their importance, Trump’s campaign is sending Ben Carson, one of its top surrogates, to lobby potential convention delegates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will have his own emissaries there as well, led by former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey.
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