The Texas Senator has repeatedly laughed off the thought of a brokered convention where delegates at the GOP convention will choose the nominee, rather than a majority of the voting public.
Currently, frontrunner Donald Trump has captured 37% of the popular vote in what started as a twelve-way fight for the nomination.
With several large states remaining including California and New York, Trump will likely manage to capture the support of the majority of the voting public.
However, RNC officials have spent the last week reminding the public, “voters do not choose the nominee, delegates do.”
And they are correct.
That’s the travesty of political parties.
Political parties are not government organizations, they are nothing more than clubs with their own rules and power to change those rules.
However, they use up tens of millions in government funds each year (on the state and local level) with primary elections to choose their candidates for office.
Primaries serve as nothing more than free publicity and get-out-the-vote awareness for Republicans and Democrats.
When it comes to choosing an actual candidate, party bosses call the shots.
Ted Cruz and his team know this and that’s why a Virginia GOP insider told us on Friday that, “Cruz is killing it!”
Cruz’s campaign in Virginia is working overtime to ensure that his supporters are voted in as delegates for the national convention.
Republican convention delegates are elected themselves. Party leaders at the county and state levels choose who to send to the national convention. While most of those delegates are bound to vote in-line with their state’s primary on the first vote, if a candidate does not win majority support, a second, third, etc., vote is taken on the convention floor until a single candidate walks away with the prize.
All it takes is 50% +1 of delegates choosing a candidate.
Around the nation, the Cruz campaign is the most organized in their attempts to put “their” people in place as delegates so when the second vote takes place, Ted Cruz easily secures the nomination.
While delegate rules vary state-by-state, for instance, in Tennessee delegates are required to vote for their pledged candidate on the first two ballots, the first vote will be the key.
Both John Kasich and Donald Trump are barely organized in most states when it comes to the delegate selection process.
Cruz’s campaign has been taking advantage of this leadership void and planting his people on the “inside” of the delegate pools around the nation to secure a backdoor win on the path to the White House.