Cruz-Supporting Delegates Picked in VA District Trump Won

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:41 AM

In the ninth congressional district where Donald Trump took over forty-seven % of the votes on Super Tuesday, two of the three delegates elected to attend the national conference in Cleveland are Cruz supporters.

Cruz-Supporting Delegates Picked in VA District Trump Won

Wytheville, VA — Despite Donald Trump winning VA on Super Tuesday, two of three delegates elected in the first district conference here are supporters of rival Ted Cruz — which could matter if a second ballot were to get space at the national convention.

In the ninth congressional district where Donald Trump took over forty-seven % of the votes on Super Tuesday, two of the three delegates elected to attend the national conference in Cleveland are Cruz supporters. In Virginia'south primary for this district, Ted Cruz won only about nineteen % of the votes.

GOP delegates from VA are required to vote as allocated by voters in the primary in the first ballot at the national convention, but are able to vote for whoever they select in successive ballots.

In Virginia'south primary, Trump received seventeen delegates, whereas Cruz had only received eight.

"I wish to vote for a conservative and that'south what I know I'm getting with Ted Cruz. And with Donald Trump, it'south a question mark," delegate Kyle Kilgore of Gate City told NBC News.

Kilgore says he'll support Ted Cruz in the second ballot if it arises, because of his conservative principals.

C. Jordan Labiosa, who received the second highest no of votes Saturday, was on a list of three delegates handed out earlier this morning by members and supporters of the Cruz campaign.

The third delegate going to the national conference is Landon Tucker Davis from Grundy, who's also Virginia'south western field director for the Trump campaign.

The first alternate delegate, Robert Taconet, is a Cruz supporter and the fifth and sixth alternate delegates, Tamara Neo and Flux Neo, are both Trump supporters.

Shak Hill, Virginia'south co-chair for the Cruz campaign told NBC News he'd about a dozen people from the Cruz campaign at the conference Saturday.

Before the votes were counted he said, "The best scenario today is three of the delegates coming out of the convention, locally here in the ninth. They're going to vote for Senator Cruz on the second ballot."

In Virginia, each of the eleven congressional districts the chosen three delegates up until the state convention, where thirteen extra delegates are elected.

VA will send a grand total of forty-nine delegates to national convention, which includes thirty-three delegates from congressional districts, thirteen delegates elected at the state convention, the state party chairman, and two national committee leaders.

Virginia'south following congressional district GOP conference will be held April sixteen in Ashburn with its tenth congressional district.

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