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Rep. Pete King: I Doubt Colorado Was Corrupt in Cruz Nod

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New York Rep. Pete King Monday denied complaints from Donald Trump that the Colorado nominating system is "corrupt" after his delegate loss to Ted Cruz, saying that the convention process is one that has been used for many years.

"It is not corrupt unless something went on in Colorado that I don't know of," the Republican lawmaker said on Fox News' "Outnumbered" program. "I'm not aware of the details on the ground."

But still, he pointed out, the convention and nominating process has been in play for years, and only in the past 30 or 40 years have primaries played a major role.

However, in Colorado, the delegates gave all their votes to Cruz, creating a backlash that played into Trump's hands, said King, even though he might have lost in Colorado, anyway.

But King said he is not concerned about the future of the GOP if it is perceived the election was stolen from Trump, as he thinks the party is split no matter what the end result is.

"Donald Trump will not have support of more than half the party," said King. "Even if he gets the nomination, there will be more opposition to him than any other nominee but there is no real alternative at this stage either. If he can show, give the impression he is being robbed, it will have a big impact on the party in November."

Meanwhile, politics and democracy are not simple or easy, King said, and if Trump wants to win, he'll need to do it with his personality, as Cruz is not popular or well-liked, but is getting support because he is the "Trump alternative."

"There is really no precedent going into a convention where no one is a popular choice, no one is beloved," said King, admitting that he does not like Cruz because of his actions as a senator, including his involvement in the government shutdown.

However, King said he won't support anyone before a nominee is picked at the convention.

"In this case neither one is loved," said King. "If anybody has emotional support, it would be Trump."

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New York Rep. Pete King Monday denied complaints from Donald Trump that the Colorado nominating system is "corrupt" after his delegate loss to Ted Cruz, saying that the convention process is one that has been used for many years.
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