Over the weekend, Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District held its convention to choose delegates for the GOP convention. Guess what happened?
Supporters of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz swept today’s Oklahoma 1st Congressional District Republican Convention, winning all three delegate seats and all three alternate slots by wide margins.
Tulsa 9/12 Project leader Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, State Rep. David Brumbaugh, and Wagoner County Assessor Sandy Hodges were elected as delegates, and State Sen. Nathan Dahm, Creek County Chairman Robert Ford, and Oklahomans for Life president Tony Lauinger were elected as alternates.
While there was a visible Trump contingent present, led by Paul Nosak, the vote totals indicate it amounted to only about a quarter of the convention. Cruz campaign staffer Hudson Talley had come up from Houston for the convention and was handing out delegate slates to Cruz supporters. There wasn’t really a whip operation at work — no signals or signs — which shows in the fact that only one of the six positions was filled without a runoff, and that one was only by a slim margin. Cruz (or at least no-Trump) supporters scattered their votes on each initial ballot, but coalesced in each runoff. Nosak, wearing a large Trump button on his lapel, was the distant runner-up in five of the six elections, but lost handily in each runoff. His best result was 31% in the final vote for the 3rd alternate position, after about a third of the delegates had gone home.
Ted Cruz won Oklahoma by six points
This was a huge upset as polling had Trump winning easily:
But when it came time to choosing delegates, Trump supporters couldn’t be bothered to pry themselves away from their oxy and internet porn while the Cruz campaign sent a field operative with prepared delegate slates to hand out to delegates.
This is why Trump is getting beaten in the delegate selection process. His campaign is lazy and incompetent. And they will pay for their mistakes unless Trump manages to win on the first ballot.