For a third weekend in a row, it was a familiar outcome in the battle for delegates to the Republican National Convention, as Ted Cruz swept all 14 delegates at stake in Wyoming, his organization again overpowering Donald Trump backers not only in that state, but also in a series of other states that elected GOP delegates on Saturday.
As he did in North Dakota two weeks ago, and last week in Colorado, Cruz was the only candidate to speak at the Wyoming state GOP convention in Casper – and Cruz again was rewarded with a delegate victory.
“Cruz was quite well received at his speech,” said delegate Wade Dennis of Carlile, Wyoming, who told me the Trump supporters in Wyoming were experiencing, “Colorado all over for them.”
The extra 14 delegates made Wyoming a very big win for Cruz, as he has 23 delegates from the Equality State; Trump has 1, as does Marco Rubio, while one other delegate is unpledged.
Not only did Cruz win the direct delegate fight in Wyoming, but his supporters also were able to snag a number of delegate slots in district conventions held in Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina.
Trump was nowhere near any of the delegate fights going on Saturday, as he campaigned for yet another day in his home state of New York, taking the chance to blast Cruz and the Republican National Committee.
That level of frustration also spilled forth from Trump supporters in various delegate selection meetings – like this one in Georgia, where Trump backers were so incensed by their defeat, that they grabbed the United States flag and stomped out of the meeting:
31 delegates still have to be chosen in Georgia for the national Republican convention; that will happen the first weekend in June at the Georgia state GOP convention.
That schedule is a reminder of just how involved the process is to select the delegates who will actually make the choice of a candidate for the Republican Party.
Despite his setbacks in recent weeks, Trump has a perfect opportunity to turn things around starting on Tuesday in New York, where he is favored to win a large chunk of the 95 delegates available in the Empire State.