Donald Trump’s road to the Republican presidential nomination at this summer’s convention took another hit Saturday when South Carolina Republicans in the 1st Congressional District elected Ted Cruz supporters as delegates.
Sure, if Trump – the front-runner – continues to win primaries for the next two months and reaches the magic 1,237 national delegate threshold, it may not be an issue at the July convention in Cleveland.
But if there’s an open or contested convention and the selection goes beyond a first ballot, the six picked Saturday – which includes three voting delegates and three alternates – are likely to support Cruz, who most Republicans are siding with as the anti-Trump White House candidate.
The 1st District consists of parts of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Beaufort counties. Republicans in the 6th District make their picks next week. The state GOP convention is May 7 in Columbia.
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