One of the most contentious issues in this campaign has been the issue of delegates and who they intend to vote for at the upcoming Republican National Convention.
Donald Trump has argued that if he wins a state, he should get the delegates from that state while Ted Cruz has used his organizational prowess and wariness about Trump to get many of those delegates to pledge to him despite losing their primaries.
This has led Trump to claim that the system is fixed. He has complained vociferously about Cruz’s influence on the delegates.
But now it looks like the delegate battle is turning his way BIG TIME!
National Review has a story that no one anticipated, but puts perspective on the influence of momentum in this race.
[…] friendly delegates are as subject to shifts in the race’s momentum as anyone else, and Cruz’s strength with some of these crucial first-ballot convention voters may be overstated — particularly in North Dakota, where his campaign declared victory after filling 18 of 25 unbound delegate slots with its chosen candidates at the April 3 convention. Those delegates are vital to Cruz’s quest to deny his rival the 1,237 delegates he’ll need on the first ballot in Cleveland. But as they’ve watched Cruz struggle to tread water in a primary increasingly dominated by Trump, many of them, wary of a bitter convention battle that could rend the party at its seams, are rethinking their commitment to the Texas senator.
If this plays out, many of the unbound delegates could shift to Trump and assure him of a first ballot victory with room to spare.
Source: National Review