delegates

Kasich tells his delegates to remain bound to him through convention

Philip Rucker, Washington Post

Kasich believes holding onto his delegates is a smart play in a campaign season that has been wild and unpredictable, an aide explained. The governor also thinks his delegates could become leverage to encourage Trump to be a more positive and unifying figure ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said the aide, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

The Carly Factor

Ted Cruz's decision to make Carly Fiorina his running mate would seem to preclude a grand populist - conservative alliance to break the Washington Cartel. Now the Republican National Convention will be a three army battle in which Trump’s populists, Cruz’s movement conservatives and the dark forces of the Republican establishment all vie against each other for dominance and the Republican nomination for president, and at this point no one can predict which way the battle will turn.

Don’t Call The Game Before The Clock Runs Out

What Trump is demanding is that the referees call the game in the middle of the fourth quarter; we disagree and think the teams should play until the delegates vote and the clock runs out at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Cruz controls the delegates

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Ted Cruz had another stunning weekend upsetting Donald Trump’s plans to control the path to 1,237. In multiple states, Cruz swept delegate wins at conventions thereby setting the stage for a convention fight against Trump. Cruz won a minimum of 65 of the 94 total delegates up for grabs and may ultimately win more than that.

How Ted Cruz Secured Another Delegate Victory in Maine

Alana Abramson, ABC News

Cruz's sweep of the Maine delegation once again showcases his campaign's organizational prowess and understanding of the complex delegate process that some are arguing is eluding the Trump campaign.

Trump is Going to Have Some Big Wins Soon. And He Can Still Be Stopped.

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

The rest of the GOP should stand strong, even though Trump is about to get some more wins. Trump is going to do very well in New England — a particular bit of the country that he has no shot at winning in November and is least typical of the GOP. Republicans should think long and hard about handing their party over to a man who can win the corrupt infrastructure of the GOP in New York, but cannot win in Wisconsin.

Playing by the Rules or What Cruz Learned from Reagan and Trump Hasn’t

Dan Spencer, RedState

Contrary to the Donald’s bellyaching, Ted Cruz is doing exactly what Ronald Reagan did in 1976, when he mounted an insurgent campaign for the GOP nomination against President Ford. Cruz, like Reagan did, is running a very well-organized ground game to win every available delegate at state and local conventions across the country. Like Trump, the Ford team complained about Reagan’s tactics.

Trump vs Cruz Battle Must Not Break the Conservative Movement

The natural beneficiaries of the current bloodletting between the conservative and populist wings of the anti-establishment coalition are the Republican establishment, Hillary Clinton and the Far-Left who seek to maintain and expand their power by undermining constitutional liberty and continuing the crony economic policies that have devastated America’s country class for two decades. #NeverHillary #NeverRyan

Today, Wisconsin Makes It Harder For Trump to Win

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Ted Cruz, according to all but the ARG poll, is going to have a big night in Wisconsin. He leads handily in the polling averages, has leadership in every congressional district, has delegates targeted for support, and has run circles around Trump.

Pat Buchanan Joins Trump – Cruz Convention Unity Movement

As Pat Buchanan said, “No matter who wins in Cleveland, the establishment must lose.” We urge Trump and Cruz delegates across the country to do what their compatriots in Tennessee and a few other states have started to do; get together and form an informal alliance that commits them to voting for Cruz or Trump – and only Cruz or Trump.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Know the Nomination Rules And Cries About It

streiff, RedState

The guy who promised us he’d give us winning until we were tired of winning is being out hustled and out organized by Ted Cruz. Trump is whining about the process because he is not running his campaign any better than he has run any of his business ventures.

We Urge Cruz and Trump Delegates to Build an Outsider Alliance for the GOP Convention

We urge the Cruz and Trump delegates in other states to follow the lead of Tennessee's Joe Carr, state Senator Mae Beavers and Steve Gill and work together to make sure that, while they follow their principles and work to nominate their candidate, the Republican political class does not steal the nomination and succeed in forcing another content-free candidate and campaign down the throats of rebellious grassroots conservatives.

Marco Rubio, the GOP race, and the 'delegate fairy'

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The practical problem is, how does a campaign go from losing everything before March 14 to suddenly winning after March 15? Delegate apportionment doesn't matter unless that fundamental change occurs.

Rubio Assails Trump, But Was It Too Late?

Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics

Rubio had been reluctant to take Trump on. But with his own candidacy in jeopardy and amid questions about whether he is capable of winning any of the states up for grabs next week, he switched gears in Houston, hoping to show he could out-punch Trump one on one. The move might have been made out of desperation, as Rubio has yet to win a primary or caucus state and the road ahead remains rocky.