Cruz picks up all delegates in Colo.; Sanders win in Wyo.

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 6:46 AM

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders picked up another win in Wyoming — but it did nothing to assistance him gain ground in the delegate chase. Cruz netted thirteen more delegates at Colorado'south state GOP convention.

Cruz picks up all delegates in Colo.; Sanders win in Wyo.

Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado's thirty-four delegates on Saturday while rival Donald Trump angled for favor a half-continent far in New York'south all-important April nineteen primary. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders picked up another win in WY — but it did nothing to assistance him gain ground in the delegate chase.

Cruz netted thirteen more delegates at Colorado'south state GOP convention. The TX Senator already had locked up the support of twenty-one CO delegates and visited the state to attempt to pad his numbers there.

Keeping up his tussle with Trump over values, Cruz told the CO crowd earlier that it'south simple to speak about making America grand again — "you can even print that on a baseball cap" — but that the more necessary question is which candidate understands "the principles and values that made America grand in the first place."

In an appearance before Jewish Republicans in Las Vegas later that day, Cruz warned of a "bloodbath" for the GOP if Trump were the nominee and said control of Congress and the balance of the Supreme Ct could be at risk.

Cruz'south sweep increases the chances of a contested Republican conference this summer. Trump still has a narrow path to clinching the GOP nomination by the finish of the primaries on June seven, but he's tiny room for error. He'd necessity to win nearly sixty % of all the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention. So far, he'south winning forty-six percent.

Following the CO results, the Associated Press count stands at Trump seven hundred forty-three, Cruz five hundred forty-five, and John Kasich one hundred forty-three. Marco Rubio, who suspended his campaign, has one hundred seventy-one delegates. To clinch the nomination by the finish of the primaries, a GOP candidate needs 1.237 delegates.

Trump left the CO conference to his organizers, and spent about a half-hour on Saturday touring the National Sept. eleven Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan. His campaign issued a statement describing the site as "symbolic of the strength of our country, and in specific New Yorkers, who have done such an incredible work rebuilding that devastated portion of our city."

"This is what 'NY values' are really all about," it added, a not-too-veiled poke at Cruz, who's taken heat for his earlier criticism of "NY values."

Democratic presidential hopefuls, too, were focused on New York'south large trove of delegates even as WY gave its nod to Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

Sanders got word of his WY win from his wife, Jane, halfway through a rally in Queens, portion of a four-stop swing through NY City. A raucous cheer went up from the New Yorkers, but the WY vote was a draw from a delegate perspective: Sanders and Clinton each picked up seven.

That means Clinton has 1.287 delegates based on primaries and caucuses to Sanders' 1.037. When including superdelegates, or party executive who can back any candidate, Clinton has 1.756, or seventy-four % of the no needed to clinch the nomination. Sanders has 1.068.

Sanders, who's presently won seven of the latest eight state contests, called Wyoming "a beautiful, pretty state," and told reporters the vote there was portion of a shift in support in his direction since the campaign left the Deep South.

"Now that we're in the second half of this campaign, we're going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlook," Sanders said. "We are in this race to win."

Clinton, at an evening rally before a Latino crowd in Brooklyn, found a scarce point of agreement with Trump on the matter of New York values.

"I actually think New York values are really excellent for America," she said, then launched into an argument for electing Democrats to defend the U. S. economy.

"It'south a fact that our economy does better when we've a Democrat in the White House," she said.

Earlier in the day, she made a stop at Junior'south restaurant in Brooklyn, where she spoke admiringly of the cheesecake — but declined to partake.

She urged New Yorkers to assistance lock up the Democratic nomination so "we can go after the Republicans full time."

On the Republican side, more than 3.000 people at Colorado'south Republican state conference picked the remaining thirteen delegates. Cruz supporters sported shining orange T-shirts with his slate of delegates printed on the back.

Trump'south organizers distributed a slate that listed incorrect information for four of his candidates. His campaign contended the errors were due to changes to the ballot by the state GOP and didn't regulation out challenging the results.

The complex CO process inherently favored Cruz, the Trump campaign charged, and suspicions among supporters mounted after the results were announced Saturday night. The official CO Republican Party account tweeted: "We did it! #NeverTrump." CO GOP spokesman Kyle Kohli said the tweet was unauthorized and it was swiftly deleted. The party was investigating who wrote the tweet.

Cruz supporters argued that their candidate didn't just have an organizational edge but that the TX senator was a better fit with the state'south socially conservative, libertarian-minded Republicans. "The Donald Trump caustic politics just doesn't resonate in Colorado," said Tom Peterson, an engineer and delegate from rural Elbert County.

Trump supporters were frustrated by Colorado'south arcane process, which involved a series of caucuses at different locations before the convention. "It doesn't seem love a genuine objective system," said George Rosel, sixty, an engineer and Trump supporter who came to the conference from the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. "It seems kind of rigged."

Of the thirty-four delegates Cruz won, only thirty are technically pledged to his campaign; four are party executive who are unpledged but have promised maintain Cruz, and the campaign placed them on its slate.

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Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Kathleen Ronayne and Rachelle Blidner in New York, and Stephen Ohlemacher and Hope Yen in WA contributed to this report.

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