Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at a campaign stop, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Oshkosh, Wis.
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Ted Cruz wins all 14 Wyoming delegates at state convention


Ted Cruz won the 14 Wyoming at-large delegates up for grabs at that state’s Republican convention Saturday, snaring 23 of the 26 pledged delegates there in all.

Cruz won the March 12 caucuses. The Texas senator got 66 percent of the vote, followed by former candidate Marco Rubio at 20 percent and Donald Trump with 7 percent.

The final Wyoming delegate total is Cruz, 23; Trump, 1; Rubio, 1; and one uncommitted. The three Republican National Committee members go to the convention as unpledged to any candidate.

Cruz was the only candidate to address the convention in person, urging the assembled crowd to back Cruz supporters for the delegate slate in order to stop both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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“We had a tremendous show of grassroots support that resulted in a critical victory at today’s Wyoming Republican Convention,” Cruz said in a statement. “Republicans overwhelmingly elected delegates who will support us at the national convention and nominate us to take on Hillary Clinton,” he said.

“This is how elections are won in America,” Cruz added, in an apparent shot at Trump and his complaints about the nominating process.

The victory in Wyoming comes a week after last week’s win in Colorado, where 34 delegates elected to the go to the national convention are Cruz supporters.

Trump accused the local party process as rigged, accusing the way delegates were chosen in Colorado as being “rigged” and a “total fix.”

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Thursday that took direct aim at Cruz, Trump said a “planned vote” in Colorado had been “cancelled.”

The Republican National Committee shot back, and said each state develops its own process to select delegates.

“And for decades, the grassroots-driven, democratic process has been transparent and effective,” communications director Sean Spicer wrote in a memo sent to reporters Friday. “This cycle is no different.” 

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