Posted: 8:40 am Sunday, April 10th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In another display of organizational force, Ted Cruz swept all 37 Republican delegates in Colorado, cutting again into the overall lead of Donald Trump, and again raising questions about the internal planning of the Trump campaign in the drive to this summer’s GOP convention.
“Today was another resounding victory for conservatives, Republicans, and Americans who care about the future of our country,” Cruz said in a celebratory statement.
“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 added.
GOP delegate count after Cruz's Colorado sweep:
Trump 758 (757 bound)
Cruz 540 (529 bound)
— Taniel (@Taniel) April 10, 2016
The shutout in Colorado for Trump was a head scratcher in the sense that the Trump organization acted almost like the delegate selection events in the Centennial State weren’t on the GOP primary schedule, putting up little in the way of opposition.
This was not an event where Cruz managed to insert his people into delegate slots held by Trump – instead, this was delegate selection by convention, as opposed to a primary or caucus, and the meetings were filled with examples of Trump’s team not being prepared:
+ Cruz showed up to the speak to the Colorado GOP convention, while Trump did not.
+ Cruz was ready with organized slates at the state and district level, while Trump was not
+ Trump’s supporters sometimes circulated slates of delegates that had names spelled incorrectly or their ballot number wrongly listed
As for Trump himself, he fanned the flames of discontent with his own supporters, by arguing that Cruz and the GOP establishment are trying to take away something that he should win – the GOP nomination.
Isn't it a shame that the person who will have by far the most delegates and many millions more votes than anyone else, me, still must fight
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2016
How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger – totally unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2016
Trump also tweeted out a video of a supporter burning his GOP registration card as a response to the Cruz wins in Colorado, arguing that others will do the same if he does not win the GOP nomination because of a Cruz effort to win over Trump delegate slots.
On that score, Cruz did make some behind the scenes gains, especially in Iowa, where his delegates won a number of key organizational slots for the Republican convention, slots that could become very important in an open convention.
In addition to grabbing 11 of 12 nat'l convention spots today in Iowa, Cruz got 5 of 8 spots on cmte selecting 15-member at large delegation
— Jason Noble (@jasonnobleDMR) April 9, 2016
Trump did have one success where delegates were being chosen on Saturday – in Michigan – where his supporters teamed up with John Kasich backers to keep Cruz at bay.
MICHIGAN: Trump/Kasich team up to cut Cruz out of any Committee Assignments. Final delegate count: Trump 27; Cruz 17; Kasich 17
— Saul Anuzis (@sanuzis) April 9, 2016
Cruz is expected to win more GOP delegates later this week, when Wyoming finishes its delegate selection process.
As this blog has repeatedly mentioned, every delegate right now that goes to Cruz – and not to Trump – makes it that much more difficult for the GOP leader to get to a convention majority.
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.