Yesterday the Arizona GOP met to choose the delegates who would represent the state in the GOP convention. Let’s review the bidding:
Backers of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump accused the Arizona GOP convention of cheating after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory Saturday.
Cruz won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district. Cruz’s Arizona campaign organizer says simple math led to the at-large victory. Cruz offered a nearly identical slate of candidates as John Kasich backers, and the combined votes led to a win.
State Treasurer Jeff DeWitt, who chairs Trump’s Arizona campaign, said a challenge is possible after calls for a revote were rejected by the party.
“The Trump campaign is very unhappy with the results,” DeWitt told reporters. “We don’t feel that this was a fair process. The Trump button got checked more than any other, so why do we have so few delegates?”
How did this happen?
Constantin Querard, Cruz’s Arizona campaign chair, struck back against claims from DeWitt.
“They lost because of math, not because of malfeasance. If you take the people that want Cruz, and you add to them the people who don’t want Trump, that’s a majority in just about any room in America.”
And there was sweet schadenfreude. Former governor Jan Brewer was rejected as a delegate:
Former Gov. Jan Brewer lost her bid to become a delegate and said afterward that she was cheated.
“I got cheated,” Brewer told reporters. “And the people of Arizona got cheated.”
My name was "mysteriously" removed off @realDonaldTrump online ballot. Today's electronic vote full of glitches and errors. Cheated today!
— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) May 1, 2016
The mystery is called “voting.” It is in the dictionary. Look it up.
The obscene bleating and puling and mewling by Trump fellatistos was in full bloom.
“This is what America hates. This is why the voters have turned to Trump,” DiCiccio said. “They’re turning to Donald Trump because they are tired of the backroom politics, and that’s what occurred here today.”
Trump is getting exactly what he won, some 58 delegates that will vote for him on the first ballot. The fact that his campaign is both too odious and too incompetent to actually find delegates who care to have their reputations damaged by associating with Trump is his own fault. But if you want to complain about a rigged system, look at the Arizona primary. Less than half of the people who voted in Arizona wanted Donald Trump yet he gets 100% of the delegates.
The delicious part about this is that the Trump campaign seems hellbent on challenging the credentials of delegates a handful of states where they did not like the outcome. Once the challenges start being made to state delegations, Trump is going to find that challenges run both ways and he will start losing his delegates as there are more anti-Trump delegates at the convention than pro-Trump ones.
I am really beginning to believe that the best thing for the GOP delegates at Cleveland to do is to take charge of the process at the beginning and make it clear that Donald Trump will not be allowed to be the nominee.