– Colorado has 37 delegates. 21 are selected at district assemblies. 13 are selected at a state assembly. Three are the members of the RNC from Colorado.
– Ted Cruz has already swept the two districts that met on April 2, 2016 for six total delegates.
– One district meets tonight, four tomorrow night, and the state convention is on Saturday.
– John Kasich can only win 16 of the remaining 28 delegate slots based on how many delegate candidates have pledged for him.
– Ted Cruz is projected to sweep all 34 delegates selected by assembly.
Colorado has been allocated 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention. They select 34 of those delegates through a multi-step district and state convention process. The Colorado Republican Party calls these conventions “Assemblies”. There are seven congressional assemblies, each awarding three delegates. In addition, a state assembly will award 13 delegates. Two of the assemblies took place last weekend and the remaining take place between tonight and Saturday April 9, 2015.
The delegates that are selected at these assemblies can choose to be bound and can also run as unbound delegates. The process by which the delegates are selected benefits a well-organized campaign. If a campaign had not been organizing since February to get its people elected at precinct caucuses — as explained below — it is too late now to start the process.
Ted Cruz has done the work to elect his supporters as the majority of delegates to the district and state assemblies. This has borne out in capturing the six delegates, that have already been awarded. He has, by far, the most candidates for delegate at every stage of the game.
Contrast that with Donald Trump’s campaign. Published reports show that the campaign is in disarray in Colorado, with the Colorado State Director being fired this past week for communicating with Paul Manafort, the Trump delegate strategy consultant. While the brewing civil war at Trump headquarters is interesting, it is already too late to make any meaningful changes as the delegate selection process began at the start of March.
Based on what happened in the first two district contests, it is expected that Ted Cruz will sweep the 34 Colorado delegates being selected at the district and state assemblies. The remaining three delegates are the members of the Republican National Committee from Colorado and can remain unbound.
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