Conservatives, get out your brooms, Cruz swept all 14 delegates at stake today in Wyoming. Reuters reports:
Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake on Saturday in Wyoming, besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party’s nomination.
Senator Ted Cruz spoke in Casper, Wyoming as the state’s GOP completed the process of selecting its delegates to send to the Republican National Convention. Reuters summarized as follows:
Cruz spoke at the convention, capping off a months-long effort to organize support in the state. Trump had originally planned to send former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who remains popular among conservatives, as a surrogate, but she canceled at the last minute.
Cruz spoke about local issues in Wyoming, the largest coal-producing state. He discussed the Democratic “attack” on the fossil fuel, saying President Barack Obama has tried to put the coal industry out of business through government regulations targeting air pollution.
“America is the Saudi Arabia of coal, and we are going to develop our industry,” Cruz said.
According to the report from Reuters, this brings the total number of delegates earned by Senator Cruz to 559. After Senator Cruz’s win today in Wyoming, Mr. Trump now needs to earn 60 percent of the remaining available delegates to receive the first ballot nomination from the Republican Party in July.