Here’s something that could only happen in America’s primary system: Ted Cruz can claim a landslide victory in five states – even thought four of them did NOT hold a popular vote.
Such was the cause earlier today, when Cruz boasted on Good Morning America of his “landslide victories” in the past five states. He did manage to make it sound slightly more impressive, stating that “‘In those states, starting with Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Wyoming, 1.3 million people voted in those states. And he [Donald Trump] lost all five. We have won five in a row, and Donald’s upset so he’s throwing a fit.”
As the Daily Mail noted however, “[Wisconsin’s] voting tally accounted for more than 82.5 per cent of the 1.3 million votes Cruz cited. Another 13.6 per cent came from Utah, where the state Republican party opted to hold caucuses instead of a secret-ballot primary election.” As for the rest of the details:
The rest were spread across North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming, which awarded him delegates on the basis of party-insider conventions in which his campaign aides worked behind the scenes to win support for their hand-picked slates.
Cruz scooped up all 14 of Wyoming’s delegates on Saturday after front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign made little effort to put up a fight.
Wyoming held no primary vote. A total of 475 party activists convened in Casper to hold a state convention and appoint Cruz loyalists to represent them at the Republican National Convention in July.
Trump hammered the process, calling voterless victories ‘rigged’ during a Saturday afternoon rally in Syracuse, New York.
But Cruz called it a ‘grassroots’ triumph.
Trump still leads Cruz 744-599, but as Cruz accurately points out, it’s more than likely we’re heading into a contested convention. Trump needs to win nearly 60 percent of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination, while Cruz needs 80 percent. And Kasich could inflate those numbers a bit more.
It appears we’re heading into a contested convention by design, and it’ll be interesting to see who the establishment chooses.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]