Ted Cruz Supporters Get Nearly All of IA's National Delegate Slots Up for Grabs

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 1:28 PM

Each of Iowa'south four congressional districts voted to send three delegates to the conference in Cleveland, and all but one of those twelve delegates committed to backing Cruz on a second ballot if the race comes down to a contested national conference in July.

Ted Cruz Supporters Get Nearly All of IA's National Delegate Slots Up for Grabs

Ted Cruz supporters took nearly all of Iowa's twelve national delegate slots up for grabs on Saturday, capping off a enormous day for the campaign.

Each of Iowa'south four congressional districts voted to send three delegates to the conference in Cleveland, and all but one of those twelve delegates committed to backing Cruz on a second ballot if the race comes down to a contested national conference in July.

"We smoked them," said Matt Schultz, Cruz'south campaign chair in the state. "[Cruz activists] showed up. It wasn't rocket science. It was calling and making sure people were there."

Compared to the well-organized operation keep in space by the Cruz campaign, Donald Trump'south approach to IA appeared haphazard: including at one point proposing the sister of a rival campaign'south director for the slate.

However, Trump'south campaign denied the day'south outcome in IA amounted to a loss.

"It was definitely obvious Ted'south camp thought they'd arrive in and spotless up and sweep the whole slate of delegates, so I consider it a Trump triumph for the Trump campaign," said Tana Goertz, who led Trump'south efforts in the state. "We were just pleased the full slate wasn't filled with all Cruz people."

Nine of the eleven Cruz delegates were portion of the proposed slates keep forward by the Cruz campaign. The two others — including former Rubio supporter Wes Enos — told the voting bodies they'd also support Cruz in a second ballot.

Cruz Sweeps Colorado'south Delegate Fight

Lone holdout Mariannette Miller-Meeks — from the first congressional district — told her party meeting that she'd yet to settle on a candidate, according to several individuals familiar with Saturday'south results.

The Trump team may discover more solace in the eight-person nominating committee selected on Saturday. The committee is tasked with nominating fifteen at-large national delegates to be voted on at the state'south May twenty-one GOP convention.

Five of the eight selected to create these nominations are Cruz supporters — though none of the other three are full-throated Trump endorsers.

One of those three, Kevin Hall, won a nominating committee position out of the third congressional district after having caucused for Ben Carson on Feb. one. He affirmed his commitment to picking a "balanced" slate of at-large delegates.

"I wish the delegation slate to represent the IA caucus," Corridor said. "Cruz won so he deserves more delegates than any other candidate would get. But frankly, Donald Trump deserves to have some delegates on the slate."

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