Another Rough Weekend for Donald Trump
At the Wyoming state convention on April 16th, Donald Trump failed to pick up a single delegate of the 14 that were up for grabs.
A total of 29 delegates are available from the state and Cruz is set to win almost all of them—at RealClearPolitics, they’ve allocated 23-9 from the original vote and 14 from the convention—with Trump coming away with only one delegate.
As with Colorado’s Republican state convention, which also went for Cruz, Wyoming’s delegate process favors the organized, and Cruz built a ground game in the state.
That brings Cruz’s total delegate count up to 559, just under 200 delegates shy of Trump’s 756.
The state had a caucus on March 12, and Cruz won 66 percent of the vote, with Marco Rubio and Trump trailing far behind. The one Rubio delegate has already said they would vote for Cruz in the event of a contested convention.
Trump took to the stump while campaigning in New York and railed against the delegate process, saying that it has “nothing to do with democracy.”
“I don’t want to waste millions of dollars going out to Wyoming many months before to wine and dine and to essentially pay off all these people because a lot of it’s a pay-off,” Trump said on Fox and Friends, as reported by CNN.
“You understand that, they treat ’em, they take ’em to dinner, they get ’em hotels. I mean the whole thing’s a big pay-off, has nothing to do with democracy.”
This renews and escalates tension between the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, who Donald Trump has repeatedly charged has “rigged the system.”
Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, has dismissed that claim saying Trump’s statements are full of “rhetoric” and “hyperbole.”