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Washington State Republicans Back Cruz Over Trump

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Sunday, 22 May 2016 07:35 AM

Despite his overwhelming position as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump is still facing some pockets of resistance.

On Saturday, Washington state’s GOP convention awarded 40 out of 41 elected delegate slots to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who formally suspended his campaign weeks ago. Cruz has yet to endorse Trump after a bitter primary battle.

Despite the vote, delegates are bound by party rules to cast national-convention ballots based on Tuesday’s primary results.

Cruz supporters clearly dominated the state convention. Red Cruz T-shirts outnumbered Trump ball caps on the convention floor at the convention, reported the Seattle Times, and Cruz won 40 of the 41 elected delegate slots for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

GOP leaders at the convention also didn't appear to be fighting for Trump.

“The presidential race is its own deal,” GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant said after a Friday-night speech in which he didn’t mention Trump. He drew enthusiastic cheers as he vowed mass firings of ineffective Inslee-administration bureaucrats, the Times reported.

Bryant repeatedly refused to tell reporters if he'd support Trump.

Chris Vance, a former state GOP chairman and current candidate for U.S. Senate, made it clear he wasn't going to support Trump.

“Do you think I enjoy this? Not supporting the nominee? It’s unpleasant,” Vance told the Times.


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Despite his overwhelming position as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump is still facing some pockets of resistance. On Saturday, Washington state's GOP convention awarded 40 out of 41 elected delegate slots to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who formally...
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