Trump, Kasich Campaigns Close Out Cruz Camp in MI

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 5:07 AM

John Kasich'south campaign, shutting Sen. Ted Cruz out of those committees in MI entirely. On Saturday, the MI delegation to the Republican National Conference chose their representatives on the Rules, Platform, Credentials and Permanent Organization committees of the convention.

Trump, Kasich Campaigns Close Out Cruz Camp in MI

Donald Trump'south campaign is claiming a win in MI after getting five supporters elected to a handful of key national conference committee spots — and, along with OH Gov. John Kasich'south campaign, shutting Sen. Ted Cruz out of those committees in MI entirely.

On Saturday, the MI delegation to the Republican National Conference chose their representatives on the Rules, Platform, Credentials and Permanent Organization committees of the convention. Trump delegates were elected to both slots on the Credentials Committee and one slot each on the Rules, Platform and Permanent Organization committees. OH Gov. John Kasich'south delegates took the remaining three slots.

Brian Jack, Trump'south national delegate director, called the MI outcome "a large win for Team Trump," pointing in specific to that delegate vote as significant.

"The most necessary votes occurred this afternoon - the votes for the Conference committees. There, we went 5-0. Five Delegates for Mr. Trump ran for committee assignments; all five were elected," he said.

The Trump campaign has struggled in recent weeks to obtain loyalists elected as national delegates in a no of states, sparking a hasty of negative press questioning whether the Trump operation is up to the challenge of the state-by-state convention-floor combat of securing supportive delegates. A Trump strategist said the MI committee choice was proof to the contrary — that the Trump campaign does in fact have a solid operation in some states.

The Kasich campaign also trumpeted the MI results as proof of their "organizational strength."

"Despite challenges from other campaigns, we showed organizational strength, defended the slate and picked up key committee assignments" in Michigan, Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach.

But the Cruz campaign dismissed the results. Saul Anuzis, Cruz'south MI state director, called it a product of a Trump-Kasich team effort and suggesting it signaled Kasich was gunning for a spot on Trump'south ticket.

A Cruz aide charged that Trump and Kasich'south supporters conferred and agreed to collectively vote for each other'south chosen candidates.

The Trump campaign denied this, noting that in at minimum one case the Trump campaign'south chosen delegate defeated a Kasich delegate.

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