Casper, Wyoming (CNN) – Ted Cruz is visiting the Wyoming state GOP convention Saturday in hopes of wrapping up a near-sweep of delegates here.
But his top opponent for the 14 delegates up for grabs isn’t Donald Trump or John Kasich, it’s a group of Wyoming Republicans pushing for a plan to send a slate of unpledged delegates to Cleveland. Their hope is to earn the state more influence on the national stage as the three remaining presidential candidates scramble for delegates.
Cruz swept Colorado last weekend with a strong ground game that dominated the district battles there. He capped it with an appearance in-person to rally his supporters there. He did something similar in North Dakota, and he’s scheduled to drop by the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center on Saturday.
Like at other party conventions, Cruz’s campaign has been distributing a delegate slate. In this case, the slate is made up of 14 delegates who have signed pledges to the Texas senator’s campaign to stick with them in Cleveland.
Wyoming’s delegate process favors the organized. Twelve delegates were already awarded at county meetings last month — and nine of them are to Cruz backers, with one Trump, one Rubio and one uncommitted. An additional three delegates are to party officials.
Trump cedes the fight
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Trump supporter, canceled her scheduled appearance, taking the air out of the balloon for a possible Trump upset here.
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