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Cruz To Wyoming Delegates: A Vote for Trump Is a Vote for Hillary

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Ted Cruz was the only GOP presidential candidate to show up to lobby for delegates at Wyoming's state convention on Saturday, telling the fewer than 500 elected county delegates gathering in Casper that the nation's eyes are on the western state and its possibilities, and urging them to help keep rival Donald Trump from winning the presidential nomination this summer.

"As president, I will lead the effort to return the federal land in the West to the states and to the people," he told the delegates, pausing often for applause from the supportive crowd, reports The Washington Post. "America is the Saudi Arabia of coal, and we are going to develop our industry."

Further, while asking the delegates to vote for his slate, Cruz told the crowd that if Donald Trump wins the GOP convention this summer, Hillary Clinton will become president in November.

In Wyoming, voters at GOP precinct caucuses pick delegates to county conventions, from where voters select 12 national delegates and others for the state convention Those attending the state convention choose 14 delegates to go on to the national level.

Cruz gathered nine pledged delegates at the county caucuses, held last month, with Trump getting one and Marco Rubio, who was still running, getting another. One delegate was elected without being pledged.

And on Saturday, the Texas senator was hailed in an introduction by Lynne Cheney, wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, one of Wyoming's most successful politicians.

"He is a Westerner, and he is attuned to protecting our values," said Cheney, whose daughter Liz is a front-runner for the state's only House seat.

Cruz's rivals, Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, were busy campaigning in New York, whose primary election is this week. Earlier on Saturday, Trump lambasted the Wyoming delegate process during an appearance on Fox News,  comparing it to Colorado's and commenting that he doesn't "want to waste money going to Wyoming, sending crews for months and months knowing you're not going to beat the bosses. I've beaten the bosses."

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter did speak to the delegates about Kasich, saying that the governor has a record of balancing budgets and commenting that a GOP candidate should respect Western states.

And Trump's campaign distributed its list of six members to the delegates to consider. However, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was to speak, ended up canceling. She was replaced by Wyoming activist Clara Powers, who joked that her speech was "not very good," apologized for not being Palin, and went through issues that she said Trump can solve, including on education.

Her speech was not well received, and at one point, reports the Post, a county delegate walked to near where the media was gathered and started trimming his mustache with an electric raiser, quitting when a cameraman complained about getting hairs on his jacket.

But Cruz met with cheers while only mentioning Trump a few times, reminding the crowd that he'd given to Democrats and to condemn the New Yorker for saying he'd remain neutral on talks between Israel and Palestinians.

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