While everyone was focused on Donald Trump being rolled… skinned… boat-raced… skunked in Colorado, the same story was playing out in the Palmetto State.
Donald Trump’s struggle to win loyal delegates to the Republican National Convention grew even more desperate on Saturday, with crushing losses in Colorado and South Carolina that put victory at a contested convention further from his grasp.
Trump, who handed the reins of much of his campaign this week to strategist Paul Manafort in an effort to shore up his operation before the nomination slips away, was swept out of delegate slots up for grabs at Colorado’s state convention. Adding to his woes, he picked up just one delegate of six on the ballot in South Carolina. The most painful result, though, may have been Trump’s failure to capture two of three slots in his strongest South Carolina congressional district.
In fact, Trump lost five of the six delegate seats on the ballot in South Carolina’s 3rd and 7th congressional districts. Ted Cruz nabbed a delegate in the 7th district, while another, Alan Clemmons, remained uncommitted despite Trump’s dominant finish there in the state’s Feb. 20 primary. (The Manhattan billionaire won 43 percent of the district’s vote, to Cruz’s 20 percent and Kasich’s 6 percent.) Cruz also won two of three delegates in the 3rd district, while a third — Susan Aiken, a supporter of Marco Rubio — will go to the convention as an uncommitted delegate.
Trump’s lone South Carolina delegate on the day, Jerry Rovner of Pawleys Island, said he’d stick with Trump so long as it looked like he had a shot to win the convention on subsequent ballots. But he said he’s open to backing Cruz as well, though he won’t consider any other candidate, even new entrants into the contest at the convention.
I posted just a bit earlier on Trump being beaten at delegate selection in Virginia. To anyone this constant drumbeat of Trump being outworked should be a concern. The Trump campaign, if it had the mental horsepower necessary to do so, should be examining its organization and processes because the mistakes they are making in the primary will be magnified should <shudder> Trump get the nomination. Voters should be asking themselves how this maroon and the clown car of imbeciles and thugs he has a hired could possibly enact any policies, whatsoever, should Trump actually be elected.
The writing is on the wall, though. If Donald Trump arrives at Cleveland with less than 1237 bound delegates, then he is a loser. And no number of Roger Stone generated riots and assaults will change a thing.