Guess what? America is getting sick and tired of hearing these excuses about these rules put in place by these states that disenfranchise real voters. What really gets me about the whole process is that conservative activists on our side of aisle who fought for four years against the GOP establishment are praising or defending these rules because their candidate is Sen. Ted Cruz.
I’ve been to West Virginia (WVa), I love WVa, and I know they love the GOP front-runner Donald Trump. The news is not looking good for billionaire businessman from New York. It looks like you can win the state in a landslide as he supports the coal miners, but it also looks like the delegates are going to go to Cruz.
I’m sorry this just a miscarriage of justice in my book.
It’s a quirk of West Virginia’s mind-bogglingly complex delegate election process that has the Trump campaign on red alert and seems likely to leave the mogul with weaker support at the national convention than he’s expected to earn in the state’s primary. It’s yet another convoluted primary system likely to add fuel to Trump’s complaints that the rules of the Republican nomination process are rigged.
“Not even Einstein could easily understand the selection process today,” said Mike Stuart, a former West Virginia Republican Party head and chairman of Trump’s campaign in the state.
“The delegate selection system is intentionally complicated, making it extremely hard for voters to control the commitment of delegates to any particular candidate,” Stuart said. “I think the selection process for delegates in West Virginia not only is bad. It may be the worst in the country.”
It’s also bad for Trump because even if he wins the popular vote in a landslide, how that support translates into delegates depends on his supporters’ ability to navigate a complicated, arcane and confusing voting system — the results of which are an open question.
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The primaries and party nomination selection systems are completely corrupt and backward. But everyone who wants to play the game should understand the game, crooked as it is. Trump never expected to get this far so he didn’t hire any/enough paid staff in the states where he’s getting outmaneuvered.
A lot of Trump’s people on the ground are political newcomers who are completely in over their heads. Cruz does have hired professional people on the ground and the backing of state/local GOP stalwarts.
The Trump campaign is great at getting a plurality in the polls but does a very poor job of navigating the convoluted process of turning those numbers into pledged delegates. Sure, it’s a disgrace. But, it’s a situation he should have foreseen and prepared for.
I do support Trump and I think he is going to win the GOP nomination. I just do not like the shenanigans being played here during this election. I know, they’ve been done like this forever but that doesn’t make it right.
Do you agree with me? Do you think the winner of the state should get the delegates without behind the scene dealings allowing others who didn’t win, an opportunity to steal those delegates?
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