Posted: 7:23 am Friday, April 8th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Ted Cruz’s organization showed its strength again on Thursday night in Colorado, winning three more delegates at a district convention in the Centennial State, as Cruz is poised to win even more in GOP gatherings on both Friday and Saturday in that state.
It was the third consecutive Colorado district convention where Cruz swept the three delegates at stake, again demonstrating his focus on individual delegates – in a way that Donald Trump and John Kasich have not.
— John Frank (@ByJohnFrank) April 8, 2016
The Trump effort was again lacking, as the handbill given out to delegates listed three candidates – but two didn’t seem to be on the actual election list.
Trump CO director Patrick Davis explains why 2/3 of Trump delegate slate not on ballot. One didn't pay fee, other unsure but assume similar.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) April 8, 2016
The same type of outcome may get repeated on Friday and Saturday, as Colorado Republicans gather on Friday evening to elect four more sets of district delegates, and then at Saturday’s state convention.
The only candidate slated to fly in to address delegates at the state convention – Ted Cruz.
“Donald Trump a no-show for Colorado GOP convention Saturday,” bellowed the headline in the Denver Post newspaper, which noted Trump “is performing poorly here against Ted Cruz.”
It’s another example of how Cruz has put together a better organization than Trump to deal with the minutiae of delegate selection, making it even more difficult for Trump to get to a 1,237 delegate majority.
GOP delegate count after the 3rd Colorado convention:
Trump 759 (757 bound), Cruz 515 (506 bound), Kasich 144 pic.twitter.com/bDsrWeWdl6
— Taniel (@Taniel) April 8, 2016
Democrats back in action on Friday in Wyoming
While most of the focus in both parties has been on the New York Primary on April 19, not only will Republicans be electing delegates in Colorado, but Democrats hold a caucus in Wyoming tonight, giving Bernie Sanders one more chance to extend his winning streak.
14 delegates are stake for Democrats.
Sanders held a rally in Laramie earlier this week. Hillary Clinton has not visited the state in recent weeks.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.