The fight for the unbound delegates is heating up.
Did you know, it’s the delegates – NOT the voters – who select the GOP nominee in certain states?
Voters in PENNSYLVANIA will go to the polls on April 26th to choose who they’d like to see as the Republican nominee – but, out of the 71 Republican delegates in Pennsylvania, 54 of them are unbound, meaning they can select any candidate they choose at the National convention.
NORTH DAKOTA holds a party caucus, but it is not for presidential candidates – the caucus is for selecting delegates who will attend the state convention, and from there, attendees select 28 delegates to go on to the national convention. Those 28 delegates are again unbound, and can vote for whomever they want. The confirmed keynote speaker at the North Dakota delegate convention on April 2 is Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
COLORADO also has no presidential caucus this year and will be choosing delegates at their state convention – again Senator Cruz will be attending the Colorado assembly.
WYOMING delegates may also choose to go as uncommitted, or unbound delegates, unless they have pledged loyalty to a certain candidate.
AMERICAN SAMOA and GUAM also have 9 unbound delegates each.
In a contested convention, the unbound delegates could sway the nomination in either Cruz or Trump’s favor.
Those on the ground in North Dakota say that Cruz is heavily on the hunt to get as many delegates as possible. In addition to speaking at the Colorado and North Dakota delegate conventions, CNBC reports that Cruz is also putting a personal touch on the ground campaign by having his father, Rafael, meet with delegates alongside North Dakota state Rep. Bette Grande. It’s that personal touch insiders say could give Cruz an advantage over the GOP front-runner.
A presidential candidate must not only seek support from the voters, but also not forget to connect with the delegates. The nomination may depend on it.
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