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New Hampshire GOP Aims to Block Trump Delegates From Convention Slots

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By    |   Monday, 02 May 2016 08:46 AM

Donald Trump won the New Hampshire presidential primary in February, but Republican Party officials are planning to block his delegates from places on the rules and platform committees at the July national convention, according to NHPR.

The slots would go to delegates that were assigned to Marco Rubio, Jeb Busch, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz, even though Trump won 35 percent of the vote, according to a report in Politico.

The committee assignments were released in a blind-carbon-copied email from the New Hampshire Republican Party's executive director, Ross Berry, according to a story in The Guardian.

A source in the Trump campaign told WMUR that the slate "has been taken as an affront by the leading GOP candidate."

New Hampshire Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Horn is chairwoman of the delegation. She once called Trump "un-American," and she is "the focus of much of the anger from Trump supporters," according to NHPR's senior political reporter Josh Rogers.

The email required recipients to vote on the delegate candidates by May 2 at noon.
Any delegate who wants to vote for a candidate other than the ones on the email list must go through a time-consuming process, The Guardian reports.

Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was among the delegates that were denied committee assignments. A Trump campaign official told Politico that the New Hampshire GOP cut a deal in "smoke-filled back room" like the "rigged" system that Trump has rallied against during his campaign.

Trump's win in New Hampshire earned him 11 out of the 23 delegate slots in the state, so if all the non-Trump delegates voted together, they could pass the slate despite any objections from Trump's campaign.

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