Ted Cruz Wins Wy­oming

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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.

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