Last week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race. That’s why it came as a surprise this week when he released a letter asking state party leaders to allow him to keep the delegates he received in each state.
“I write this letter to inform you that although I have suspended my campaign for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, I do not release any Republican National Convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state,” Cruz wrote in his letter to state party leaders, according to The Blaze.
During his campaign, Cruz earned the support of 564 delegates. Because state party rules vary, the fate of each of these delegates is uncertain. Since Cruz suspended his campaign and didn’t officially end it, he will be able to save some delegates but not all of them. Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and New Hampshire, will each unbind their Cruz delegates. He had 63 delegates in these states in total.
“Our rules unbind delegates when the candidate to whom they are pledged becomes inactive,” said Jonathon Prouty, executive director of the Missouri GOP. “The position of the party is that Cruz’s delegates are no longer bound at this point.”
Just because delegates are unbound, however, does not mean they won’t support Cruz at the convention. In most other states, Cruz will be able to keep his delegates for at least the first round of the convention. Unfortunately, this leaves the door open for him to return to the race.
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