Like Colorado, Wyoming will not hold a nominating contest this year, which means there will be no primary or caucus vote.
In Wyoming, county delegates will represent voters at a state convention being held April 14-16. They will determine the delegates to represent the state in July at the Republican National Convention.
Wyoming has 29 total delegates. Three automatically go to members of the state GOP. Fourteen are elected at the convention. Twelve have already been selected at county conventions.
Of the twelve already selected, nine went to Senator Ted Cruz, confirming the prowess of the ground game Cruz planned for the campaign. One delegate went to Donald Trump, one to Senator Marco Rubio, zero to Governor John Kasich, one remains uncommitted.
Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming each chose NOT to hold a nominating contest this year. Wyoming is the last to hold theirs.
The Cruz campaign accounted for these specific states when they set up their campaign strategy months ago. Such is the kind of advantage that befalls a savvy strategist and experienced political insider, like Cruz.
Contrarily, such state idiosyncrasies can be the bane of a political novice and outsider, like Donald Trump.
Despite Trump’s overwhelming successes garnering the vote of the people in the primaries, the electoral process is more about preserving the interests of the party than transparently honoring the will of the people.
To combat his campaign’s deficiency and demonstrate he will master the rules of the game and not go down without a fight, Trump hired veteran operative Paul Manafort as his convention manager.
Trump also penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal addressing what he asserts is a “rigged delegate-selection process,” even though it was established and agreed upon by the party over a year ago prior to the launch of the campaign.
In his op-ed, Trump added to the list of reforms he’ll pursue should he become president. He said he would “work closely with the chairman of the Republican National Committee and top GOP officials to reform our election policies” in an effort to “restore the faith – and the franchise – of the American people.”
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