Cruz captures all Colorado delegates was it a conspiracy to block Trump
By Bonnie K. Goodman
April 10, 2016 6:18 AM MST
Republican candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz captured all of Colorado’s delegates proving to be a force but also a pawn in the Never Trump movement aimed at blocking frontrunner Donald Trump from the Republican nomination. On Saturday, April 9, 2016, Cruz wrapped being awarded 34 of Colorado’s delegates after the Colorado state GOP convention awarded him the last 13 at-large delegates. Cruz’s victory capped a week of congressional district conventions where Cruz racked up 21 delegates.
Colorado has conventions rather than primaries or caucuses to award delegates, with only a series of local caucuses to pick delegates. On Friday, Cruz secured all 21 delegates available after the seven congressional districts chose their slates. The last 13 delegates were chosen from a list of 600 on the ballot at the state convention and the 4,000 party members in attendance voted on the delegates. The Colorado Republican Party awarded three of the delegates to Cruz after he won the slate. Cruz is guaranteed that 30 of the states’ 37 delegates are bound to vote for him on the convention’s first ballot Cruz also received verbal agreements of support from four more delegates.
The Cruz campaign issued a statement after being awarded the delegates, saying, “Today was another resounding victory for conservatives, Republicans, and Americans who care about the future of our country. Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and tonight’s incredible results in Colorado have proven this: Republicans are uniting behind our campaign because they want a leader with real solutions who will bring back jobs, freedom, and security.”
Cruz also appeared at the state convention at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, and he spoke after he was awarded the delegates. Cruz expressed his gratitude, saying, “The credit for that goes to each and every one of you. In three weeks, in 10 elections in a row, we have beaten Donald Trump.” The crowd of 4,000 cheered Cruz and gave him a “thunderous ovation.”
Trump’s campaign is facing internal missteps. Staff shakeups are leaving the frontrunner a target. The biggest error the campaign gave mistaken directions for the ballot at the Colorado Convention. The campaign handed out two fliers with instructions that gave misinformation on delegate numbers. The fliers are guides for voters.
Trump campaign adviser Patrick Davis said the Colorado Republican Party gave “incomplete” information about the delegate numbers. Senior Trump adviser Alan Cobb said Trump supporters found that their delegate numbers changed “numerous” times and for some their names were omitted from the delegate list after “they filled out the paperwork.” The Colorado GOP seemed to be making difficult for the Trump campaign. Cobb is looking into the “balloting problems” and the campaign might contest the “Colorado delegation at the national convention.”
Trump has long run his campaign with “thinly staffed operations” at the state level in comparison to the well-oiled and staffed machines the Cruz campaign is operating. The Cruz campaign was all over at the state convention on Friday as delegates campaigned. Trump is seeing setbacks in Indiana, North Dakota, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Dakota, Georgia, and Massachusetts. These delegate setbacks are threatening Trump’s chances of clinching the nomination before the convention in Cleveland.
The Colorado GOP may have given an indication on Twitter what is motivating the votes for Cruz. Minutes after announcing Cruz’s sweep that party tweeted, “We did it. #NeverTrump.” Just as quickly as the tweet was posted, it was erased. Steve House, the Colorado GOP chairman denied the party did that, saying “There’s no way we tweeted that,” but agreed they deleted the tweet. The Colorado GOP then posted, “The last tweet was the result of unauthorized access to our account and in no way represents the opinion of the party. We are investigating.” The move put into question the Colorado GOP’s so-called neutral delegate slate.
The GOP establishment has been doing anything possible to block Trump from the nomination, mostly because of his offensive comments towards women, minorities, and other groups and other missteps that show a lack of knowledge on important policy issues. Most of the establishment and party leaders are lining up and now supporting Trump’s primary opponent Texas Senator Ted Cruz hoping to force a contested convention.
The opposition to Trump has been successful; Cruz has been racking primary wins recently by wide margins, because of the party’s support and grabbing up delegates. Cruz has proved a formidable threat with the backing of conservative and evangelical leaders and voters, but he could never win enough delegates in the remaining contests and could only win the nomination at a contested convention.
Cruz and the GOP establishment’s anti-Trump campaign and the “Never Trump movement” are making it more difficult for the embattled frontrunner. According to the Associated Press’ latest count, Trump has 743 delegates while, Cruz has 532 delegates, still a 200 plus delegates deficit; 1237 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination.