Republican Dolnald Trump is hopping mad at Colorado Republicans:
“The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!” Trump posted on Twitter.
In his story about the comments, The Denver Post’s John Frank reported:
The problems with Trump’s ballots [as Frank put it, “riddled with errors”] — and the candidate’s comments — raise questions about whether Colorado will figure prominently into a challenge at the national convention about the state’s delegates.
Another issue that could lead to a challenge by Trump is the fact that Trump actually won at least one straw poll vote earlier this year, and these results could be binding.
National Republican rules state that if Colorado held a straw poll, delegates would be bound to the candidate for whom they voted.
That’s one reason Colorado Republicans decided against having a straw poll–in addition to concerns that too many people would show up.
But some Colorado precincts held straw polls anyway, arguably flouting the rules, calling the straw-poll votes symbolic.
But straw polls are symbolic by definition. And holding them could have violated GOP rules.
Trump didn’t win all of the straw polls held in Colorado, but he won at least one of them, in Adams County, according to a report in The Denver Post.
They key question is, did any of Trump’s delegates in Adams County or elsewhere go on to be selected to attend the the national GOP convention–even if they’re now saying they are like Cruz. If so, they may actually be bound to Trump.
So Trump’s possible challenge at the natioal convention could also include questions about delegates he may have won due to the symbolic straw-poll process.
This post was updated at around 11 am April 11.