US POLITICS

Ted Cruz Shuts Out Donald Trump In Colorado

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders secured his seventh straight victory in a row over Hillary Clinton

US POLITICS
Cruz control. — REUTERS
Apr 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM ET

Ted Cruz proved the value of putting in hard work ahead of time on Saturday when he won every delegate in Colorado, shutting GOP front-runner Donald Trump out of all 34 delegates on offer in the state, and edging the Republican party closer to a contested convention in July.

In Colorado, which awards its delegates through a series of caucuses, Cruz snatched 21 delegates this week, decided by the state’s seven congressional districts. On Saturday, Cruz also took the remaining 13 delegates up for grabs, at the Republican state convention. Colorado’s remaining three delegates, out of its total 37, are unbound to candidates.

The New York Times reported that Cruz has built “a statewide network of supporters that includes conservative members of Congress, state legislators and grassroots activists” in Colorado. Trump, however, had reportedly decided against investing time in a state he knew he could not win. “[Colorado] doesn’t lend itself to the kind of campaign we have and the folks who support us,” one of Trump’s advisers, Alan Cobb, told the Times. Unlike in Colorado, most of Trump’s wins have been in states that hold open primaries, CNBC earlier noted.

Trump’s loss in Colorado is the latest in what may be the front-runner’s first proper losing streak. Last week, he failed to secure support in North Dakota, which holds a series of caucuses much like Colorado. Ten out of 28 total delegates fell in line behind Cruz, the Associated Press reported. All of those delegates are unbound, but Trump also lost a March primary in Wisconsin and caucus in Utah. Trump now has 743 delegates to Cruz’s 545, according to the AP.

On the Democratic card, Bernie Sanders enjoyed his seventh win in a row on Saturday in Wyoming, securing more than 55 percent of the vote. However, because of the way Wyoming allocates delegates, both Sanders and his rival Hillary Clinton added seven delegates each to their respective totals.

Unlike Trump, Sanders’ strong point has been in states that hold caucuses; six out of his last seven wins, including Wyoming, were in states that held caucuses. The next biggest battle on the calendar is the New York primary on April 19.

After Saturday, Sanders’ total pledged delegate count is 1,037, still 250 delegates fewer than Clinton’s, who leads with 1,287 delegates. When superdelegates are counted, Clinton has racked up 74 percent of the 2,383 needed to secure the Democratic nomination, the AP reported.