Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is closing in on an important win in the Tuesday Republican primary in New York, but the front runner for the GOP suffered setbacks over the weekend in his attempt to ensure supporters showed up at the Party’s convention this summer in Cleveland.
Nine more U.S. states put their final touches on delegations for the July convention and once again, Senator Ted Cruz schooled Mr. Trump, installing those that support him in the positions that ensure he could win the party’s nomination if the overall contest stretches beyond the primary season.
In the majority of cases, delegates will have to vote for Trump during the first ballot of the convention but are able to switch to his rival Cruz if there are subsequent ballots that become necessary.
Cruz has already outmuscled Trump in county and precinct level meetings that are taking place in states that will not finalize their delegations until late May.
As all the maneuvering continues, the real estate mogul and his aides continued to argue that this entire selection system for delegates is rigged. They said it had been designed to rob an outsider in the party of the support that he had earned.
Paul Manafort one of Trump’s senior aides said on a news program on Sunday that the election has shown when voters take part, Donald Trump ends up winning, but when the bosses take part, the interests of Donald Trump are not there due to him being one of the outsiders.
Manafort added that Trump’s campaign would be making a formal protest of the way the delegates were picked in Colorado, Missouri and other states, but he would not specify where and why such challenges would be made by the campaign.
Cruz responded to Trump’s remarks about a rigged primary system by saying it was something typical of the billionaire.
He said Donald is not complicated to understand, he does not handle losing well at all.
Cruz also took questions from registered Republicans in New York City, who asked about abortion, immigration and education.
The most recent poll for New York shows that Trump leads the Republican Primary field with 54% to just 21% by John Kasich, the Ohio Governor and 18% by Cruz.