Senator Ted Cruz was a keynote speaker at the North Dakota GOP convention where delegates were selected this weekend, and his campaign scooped up the majority of the delegates in a definite win.
North Dakota doesn’t have a traditional primary election or caucus, so the general public doesn’t get to vote for their preferred presidential nominee. Instead, delegates are chosen at the state Republican convention.
The Cruz campaign had done their homework well, recruiting loyal Cruz delegates in advance. The state party first released its list of 25 recommended delegates on Saturday afternoon on the convention floor. But Cruz’s team worked late into Saturday developing its own list of loyalists and handed out their list to Republican activists as they arrived at the convention. “Senator Cruz appreciates all of his supporters at the convention, but he asks you to focus your votes on this group due to the necessities of unifying our votes,” said the printed card.
Out of 25 elected North Dakota delegates, 18 of them were on Cruz’s list.
Ben Carson was also at the convention to speak for Trump on Sunday, but only one of the 25 delegates selected has publicly signaled he might back Trump.
North Dakota delegates are unbound, and are not required to publicly state who they support, so the final outcome will not be known until they actually cast their votes at the GOP national convention.
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