Ted Cruz Wins Wyoming
Casper,Wyo: RepublicanUSpresidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegatesatstakeonSaturdayinWyoming, besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party’s nomination.
CruzistryingtopreventTrumpfrom obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination at the July convention in Cleveland. By continuingtorackupsmallwins,Cruz isgaininggroundontheNewYorkreal estate mogul, who has thus far failed to shift his focus on the local-level campaigning necessary to win delegates.
Trump has been critical of the process, again on Saturday calling it “rigged” while speaking at a rally in Syracuse, New York. He has repeatedly complained about Colorado, which awarded all 34 of its delegates to Cruz despite not holding a popular vote.
Trumpsaidhissupportersarebecomingincreasinglyangrywithstatessuch as Wyoming and Colorado. “They’re going nuts out there; they’re angry,” Trump said in Syracuse. “The bosses took away their vote, and I wasn’t going to send big teams of people three, four months ago, have them out there.” While Trump has won 21 state nominating contests to Cruz’s 10, the billionaire leads the Texas senator by only 196 delegates (755-559). That means he must win nearly 60% of those remaining before the party’s political convention in July. Wyoming does not hold a primary vote. Instead, 475 party activists convened in Casper on Saturday to hold a stateconventionandaward14delegates.
Cruzspokeattheconvention,capping offamonths-longefforttoorganisesupport in the state. Trump had originally planned to send former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who remains popular among conservatives, as a surrogate, but she canceled at the last minute.
Cruz spoke about local issues in Wyoming, the largest coal-producing state. “America is the Saudi Arabia of coal, and we are going to develop our industry,” Cruz said.