Expect a lot more of these stories. Last week it was Louisiana, now this state is facing an anti-Trump revolt among the party activists and regulars who attend state conventions and select delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Ted Cruz is taking full advantage of this sentiment and using his superior ground game to snag as many delegates as he can for a possible convention floor fight.
As reported in the Washington Examiner…
The Texas senator, who ever since Iowa has played a stealthy ground game in contrast to Trump’s chaotic populism, is taking steps to snatch the Republican presidential nomination from The Donald at the convention in July.
The New York businessman easily won last month’s Arizona primary taking 47 percent to Cruz’s 25 percent, scooping up all 58 of the state’s delegates. That’s nearly 5 percent of the 1,237 Trump needs for the nomination, and they’re tied are to him on the first ballot.
But Cruz, exploiting deep opposition to Trump among grassroots Republicans, has been far more active in Arizona than Trump, insiders say. He’s recruiting candidates for the available 55 delegate slots, that along with the other three delegate positions filled by party leaders, would be allowed to vote for him in a multi-ballot contested convention.
Of course none of this will matter…maybe…if Trump wins 1237 delegates before the convention as they will be bound to vote for him on the first ballot even if their allegiance is with Cruz. Unless the GOP changes the rules to deny Trump the nomination on the first ballot. Only time will tell.
Source: Washington Examiner