GOP 'Wal-Mart Moms' Declare Candidate With Most Votes Should be two thousand sixteen Nominee

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 1:07 AM

The grouping of nine "Wal-Mart moms" -- women who have at minimum one baby under eighteen living at residence and have shopped at Wal-Mart in the past month - didn't all identify as Trump supporters.

GOP 'Wal-Mart Moms' Declare Candidate With Most Votes Should be two thousand sixteen Nominee

A focus grouping of Republican women in Pittsburgh said Wednesday that they'd perceive "cheated" and that the system is "corrupt" if Donald Trump won the most delegates in the primaries but didn't become the GOP presidential nominee.

The grouping of nine "Wal-Mart moms" -- women who have at minimum one baby under eighteen living at residence and have shopped at Wal-Mart in the past month - didn't all identify as Trump supporters. But they were nearly unanimous in the trust that, even if Trump doesn't earn 1.237 delegates, he should still be the nominee if he earns the most votes.

Their answers highlight a troubling reality facing the Republican party if a candidate who doesn't have the most delegates heading into the GOP conference in Cleveland this summer emerges as the nominee.

"I'm just tired of them not caring what people think," one attendee said of Republican party leaders. "It'south not a Trump thing."

And the grouping agreed they'd perceive the same way if Ted Cruz or John Kasich were ahead.

Even for these voters, who are largely tuned in to the two thousand sixteen race as they prepare to vote following Tuesday, the delegate and primary process has been confusing one. "Misled," "cheated" and "rigged" were all used to characterize how they'd perceive if the candidate with the most votes doesn't win the nomination.

"I don't think that'south fair, I think that'south terrible," one woman said. "It'south just going to keep everyone else up in arms that they don't believe our system to keep forth who we want."

That'south even the case if the delegate race is razor near between Cruz and Trump, they said.

It'south troubling news for the OH Gov and TX senator, who are both mathematically eliminated from securing the nomination ahead of the conference and have justified their continuation in the race by playing up their chances in a contested convention.

"Wall-Mart moms" have become a heavily coveted voting bloc in recent elections. The have supported the winning candidate or party in every election since two thousand eight, except in two thousand-fourteenth when the broke for Democrats in the midterms.

A similar focus grouping of swing voters was also conducted in suburban Philadelphia on Wednesday. And sentiments about fairness in the GOP primary were largely shared, even among the Democratic voters.

Another similarity between the two focus groups was the common unfamiliarity the women had with Cruz and Kasich. It was particularly striking for Kasich, who governors a neighboring state and was born near to Pittsburgh.

One woman in the GOP focus grouping said she didn't know much about Cruz "other than he lied," an frequently repeated Trump line.

And when asked about Kasich, one woman responded, "We definitely don't know anything about him."

For voters in both groups, the race has become Clinton v. Trump, despite the continuing primary battle. Not even Bernie Sanders elicited a particularly powerful reaction from the swing voters.

And there certainly was number groundswell of support for a Paul Ryan nomination among the GOP voters in Pittsburgh. In fact, they seemed largely unaware that the possibly even existed, number matter how remote.

"Could that even happen?" one woman asked.

"That'south crazy, sorry," another said.

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