Ted Cruz has been showing how having a solid team helps in an extended campaign like the one we’re in right now. Cruz has won 21 of 21 delegates thus far in Colorado and stands to win 13 more at the state GOP convention that is being held today.
Indiana is next and looks like Trump is going to get shut out there as well. Not only does Ted Cruz have better organization, it turns out that Republicans in the state don’t care for Donald Trump all that much. From Politico:
Indiana hasn’t cast its ballots for president yet, but Donald Trump is already losing.
Republican Party insiders in the state will select 27 delegates to the national convention on Saturday, and Trump is assured to be nearly shut out of support, according to interviews with a dozen party leaders and officials involved in the delegate selection process. Anti-Trump sentiment runs hot among GOP leadership in Indiana, and it’s driving a virulent rejection of the mogul among likely delegates.
“If Satan had the lead on him and was one delegate away from being nominated as our candidate, and Donald Trump was the alternative, I might vote for Donald Trump,” said Craig Dunn, a local GOP leader who is running to represent Indiana’s 4th Congressional District at the national convention in Cleveland. “I’ve always wanted to own a casino, but he couldn’t give me a casino and have me vote for him.”
Not only do people not like Trump (maybe all that time he has spent bashing Republicans and sounding more like a left wing Democrat wasn’t a good thing – for the long term) but this part of the story is revealing:
Trump’s Indiana chairman, Rex Early, a former state party chairman who just signed on to Trump’s team last weekend, said he hasn’t explored the delegate process enough to see how it will unfold. He said he intends to pursue a slot as an at-large delegate next week, and other GOP leaders said he’s an example of a self-identified Trump backer who could make it through the process, given his stature within the state party.
Informed of the local district’s anti-Trump lean, Early described it as “news to me.”
Wow. The state is selecting delegates today and Team Trump just signed somebody on a week ago?
Perhaps it would be a good idea for Trump to get better organized. He could still win the 1,237 delegates needed in order to secure the nomination on the first ballot at the convention. But every ballot vote taken after that is worse for him. What is he doing? Whining on Twitter of course:
Isn’t it a shame that the person who will have by far the most delegates and many millions more votes than anyone else, me, still must fight
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2016
Sorry Donald. Just like with Hillary, this is not a coronation.