Marco Rubio won Minnesota decisively on March 1, but the 17 delegates he was awarded are now up for grabs, free to vote for any candidate they like on a first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Minnesota hasn’t elected its delegates yet, but the state’s Republican-party chairman, Keith Downey, is already steeling himself for blowback from Trump supporters if and when Cruz emerges from his state with the lion’s share of the delegates.
“If somebody didn’t educate themselves on that process, or they weren’t very good at working through that process, so be it,” he says. “That’s life, and that’s politics.”
Of the 171 delegates Rubio won before dropping out of the race, the 17 he took home in Minnesota, the twelve in Oklahoma, and the two he picked up in New Hampshire are now free agents. In Minnesota and Oklahoma, Rubio’s delegates are obligated only to cast a ballot for him if he is formally nominated, while in New Hampshire they’re entirely unbound.
If Trump can’t outmaneuver Ted Cruz, how can he outmaneuver Vladimir Putin or Bashar al-Assad?
“I endorsed Bernie Sanders, but really just to… I mean, it’s cool. I can’t pay any more taxes; it’s ridiculous. But, so, we’ll figure it out. I really just did it to get the awareness out and have people vote.”
Harvard has something to learn from Ohio State University:
Ohio State Vice President Jay Kasey paid the protesters a visit shortly after the occupation began, with a message from the president.
“Dr. Drake will never receive a list of demands and he will not negotiate with you,” Kasey calmly informed the group before moving on to the next part of his conversation, which included the university’s own list of demands.
“If you refuse to leave, then you will be charged with a student code of conduct violation,” Kasey said. “If you are here at 5:00 a.m. we will clear the building and you will be arrested.” He added, “We will give you the opportunity to go to jail for your beliefs.”
“What do you mean by ‘clear the building?’” one of the stunned students asked.
Kasey didn’t mince words: “Our police officers will physically pick you up and take you to a paddy wagon,” he answered. “The people who work in this building should be protected also.”
The protesters vacated by 12:30.
“I believe the first ballot will be the highest vote total Donald Trump receives. And on a subsequent ballot, we’re going to win the nomination and earn the majority.”
Through hard work: Colorado has 64 counties. As a state party official (Vice Chairman) I log a lot of miles in support of county GOP operations. In the past two months I’d been to many county meetings, Lincoln Day Dinners and other fund raisers, attended both county and congressional assemblies, plus other less-formal grassroots...
Like Trump today, the Ford team complained about Reagan’s tactics. As Craig Shirley recounts in his masterful history of the 1976 campaign, Ford’s chief delegate hunter, James Baker, complained to Time magazine that Ford’s people were being “out hustled” by Reagan, declaring “These Reagan people don’t care; they’re absolutely ruthless. They want all of it.” Reagan traveled across the county addressing state and local conventions, and called uncommitted delegates inviting them to private dinners (adding “By the way, do you mind if I bring along John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart?”).
Ted Cruz is out-hustling Trump. On Saturday, Cruz spoke at Colorado’s state GOP convention and shut Trump out, winning all 34 of the state’s pledged delegates. Trump complained: “There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything.” Well, whose fault is that?
Two-thirds of the Republican national convention delegates are allocated by state conventions or state parties. Such delegates are unbound after the first or second ballots. So:
The Texas senator is targeting the state’s heavy Orthodox Jewish population, its most conservative districts upstate and those New York City districts with the fewest registered Republicans.
There’s parts of NYC where there’s virtually no Republicans voting. By congressional districts, you can pick off a delegate with 2,000 votes,” Republican strategist Susan Del Percio of New York told MSNBC, noting that New York’s 8th Congressional District – where Brighton Beach is – is in a district with just 27,000 registered Republican voters. Cruz’s campaign strategy signals his interest in these sparsely conservative districts. He campaigned on Wednesday in the Bronx, where there’s just 17,000 Republicans in the state’s 15th District, and after making matzo, Cruz headed to meet with Brooklyn business owners at a Marriott near the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s in the state’s 7th District, which has 19,000 registered Republicans.
While the state’s overall winner gets 14 delegates, New York doles out the other 81 delegates proportionally: A candidate who wins a majority of the vote earns all three of that district’s delegates. It’s a key threshold for all the candidates – if the winner gets under 50 percent of the vote, the second-place candidate earns a delegate too.
“Even though it’s considered Trump’s, the threshold to get delegates is 50 percent,” McLaughlin said. If Trump “doesn’t get 50 percent in the 27 congressional districts, though he may win, he’ll only gets two delegates.”
The third delegate? It’ll go to Cruz if he can come in second in those districts.