Ted Cruz has been awarded the entire slate of delegates in Colorado and nearly all the delegates in Wyoming, but these victories came at a great cost to Cruz in this GOP primary.
All 34 delegates from Colorado and 23 in Wyoming went to Ted Cruz. Trump was awarded no delegates in Colorado, and one delegate from Wyoming.
Cruz can claim these two states as victories, but it may cost him more than he won.
Colorado and Wyoming have been termed “voterless victories” by Cruz opponents.
The state parties make the rules for primary elections, and this year, Wyoming and Colorado decided not to hold a primary or a caucus as most other states do traditionally. It is well within the rules for the state parties to award delegates without holding elections, but this year, the process has been in the spotlight.
In the past, Colorado and Wyoming allocated their delegates in similar ways as they did this year, although, since the delegate count is much closer this cycle, voters in those states finally noticed that no one asked for their opinions and a vote was not held in those states.
The state parties decided that in lieu of holding a caucus or a primary as other states do, statewide and local Republican conventions were held in those states to select delegates.
Ted Cruz supporters say thousands of Republicans participated in those conventions and Ted Cruz was far and above the winner.
Donald Trump supporters believe the delegates awarded in Colorado and Wyoming to Ted Cruz are invalid considering the voters in those states were not asked whom they support.
Trump has been running against the D.C. establishment since the first moment of his candidacy, and he has used Cruz’s “voterless victories” in Colorado and Wyoming to illustrate the corruption in the GOP.
Republican grassroots voters complain that the party has not heard them and does not care to hear them. Voters have sent Republican majorities to D.C. in the past few election cycles and those newly elected Republicans have handed Barack Obama and the Democrats virtually everything they wanted as if Democrats were still fully in charge of the legislative branch.
The voice of the GOP voter has not been heard, and Donald Trump is pointing the finger of blame at the Republican Party establishment. The best illustration to date of the GOP’s deaf ear turned to voters are the states where delegates were selected without holding a primary or caucus.
The GOP establishment’s number one goal right now is to stop an outsider candidate from reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination before the GOP convention.