Donald Trump Losing the Delegate Fight In Virginia

The Donald Trump Mighty Train Of Winning keeps on chugging.

Let’s review the bidding:

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How is that working out for Donald Trump? Pretty much how you’d imagine given his level of organizational skill:

Despite Donald Trump winning Virginia on Super Tuesday, two of three delegates elected in the first district convention here are supporters of rival Ted Cruz — which could matter if a second ballot were to take place at the national convention.

In the 9th congressional district, Donald Trump took over 47 percent of the votes on Super Tuesday. In Virginia’s primary for this district, Ted Cruz won only about 19 percent of the votes.

GOP delegates from Virginia are required to vote as allocated by voters in the primary in the first ballot at the national convention, but are able to vote for whoever they choose in successive ballots.

In Virginia’s primary, Trump received 17 delegates, whereas Cruz had only received eight.

“I want to vote for a conservative and that’s what I know I’m getting with Ted Cruz. And with Donald Trump, it’s a question mark,” delegate Kyle Kilgore of Gate City told NBC News.

Kilgore says he will support Ted Cruz in the second ballot if it arises, because of his conservative principals.

C. Jordan Labiosa, who received the second highest number of votes Saturday, was on a list of three delegates handed out earlier this morning by members and supporters of the Cruz campaign.

This is not unexpected. Delegates are chosen from people who have actually been involved in state GOP politics for a while. The mob of recent Democrats and independents and previously apathetic GOP voters are not going to be chosen as delegates. And Trump is wildly unpopular, nationwide, with people who have been involved in GOP, and particularly conservative GOP, politics. This is true in Virginia where Trump could probably take that state out of play:

Nearly a third of Virginia Republicans will vote for Hillary Clinton, pick a third-party candidate or sit out the election if Donald Trump is the GOP’s nominee for president, a new poll finds.

Keep in mind this is the guy who claims he can outwit the Russians, the Chinese, ISIS, the Mexicans, etc., etc., ad nauseam. But he can’t read the rules about how convention delegates are selected.

Instead of his incessant mewling and bitching about the unfairness of it all, Trump should consider that the reason this is happening to him is that he’s simply incompetent. He should consider jettisoning the platoon of thugs and nitwits that are currently running his campaign for people who know what they are doing and can actually use silverware. But he won’t. For his whole life he’s been given stuff for just showing up. Now, when he actually has to compete, he finds his decrepit, flaccid, small-handed self is simply incapable of doing so.

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