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La. Rubio Delegates Cry Foul Over False Reports, Lawsuit Threats

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By    |   Friday, 15 Apr 2016 03:17 PM

The saga in Louisiana regarding the state's five delegates who are uncommitted in the Republican race for president is heating up, with the group telling the media it's tired of false reporting and threats of lawsuits.

According to The Hill, the five delegates sent an open letter that outlined their concerns.

"I'm reading all over social media and the press that we're going one way as a group, but that's just not accurate," Luke Letlow, one of the Rubio delegates, told The Hill. "It's left us to get the message out that we haven't chosen a side and that we remain uncommitted."

Problems arose for the delegates when they voted for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the March 5 primary, who suspended his campaign a short time later. A report last month claimed that they would likely vote for Cruz and break the 18-18 tie he had with Trump after the primary. Five state party leaders were also included in the report's assumption.

The five Rubio delegates in question say that claim is false and released their open letter. Four of the five Rubio delegates said they will not decide their vote until this summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

"Any reporting of our intention to support one candidate over another before that time is simply not accurate," reads the letter, according to The Hill.

Trump threatened to sue the Louisiana Republican party over the reports that the Rubio delegates would switch their allegiance to Cruz. He was also upset that even though he earned more of the state's popular vote, Cruz was close enough to him that they each were given 18 delegate votes.

Jason Dore, the Louisiana Republican Party's executive director, is one of the five party leaders who will vote as a delegate this summer.

"Threatening to sue me isn't the best way to get my support," Dore told The Hill.

Trump has called the delegate process "rigged," and he accused Cruz of "trying to steal people's delegates."

"This is supposed to be America. A free America," Trump said last month. "This is supposed to be a system of votes. Where you go out, you have elections. Free elections. Not elections where I won. I won Louisiana. And now I hear he's trying to steal delegates."

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