Ted Cruz plans to keep the delegates pledged to him in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
In a letter to the Republican state parties in all three states, Cruz said 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.’
Delegates in Kansas are particularly bound the candidate they’re pledged to during the primary elections. Despite the suspension of Cruz’s campaign for the presidency, delegates in Kansas are not allowed to change their vote unless given permission by the candidate to which they pledged their vote.
Ted Cruz is not giving that permission.
‘I encourage all delegates who supported my campaign — and who support a constitutional conservative agenda that will grow jobs, protect our freedoms, and ensure our security — to actively participate in shaping the Party platform and rules in a manner that will ensure our cause is advanced.’
Marco Rubio did the same when he suspended his campaign.
Despite the fact that Trump is now officially the presumptive nominee, the language involved in “suspending” a campaign versus simply dropping out of the race could allow Cruz to maintain some influence during the Republican National Convention. CNN explains the difference between suspending a campaign and dropping out this way:
Practically speaking, if a candidate removes him- or herself from the race without the intent of re-entering at a later date, then there is not a big difference between ‘suspending’ a campaign vs. dropping out entirely. The end result is usually the same: the candidate is no longer seeking that particular office… That said, there are two main differences between ‘suspending’ and ending a presidential campaign: delegates and money.
Candidates who suspend their campaigns usually get to keep any delegates they’ve won and can continue to raise money beyond what’s needed to retire their campaign debts. In contrast, candidates who actually drop out of a race, usually have to forfeit certain delegates and are limited in how they can raise future funds.
Could we be looking at a contested convention, after all?
For more on why the GOP is refusing to back Donald Trump as the party nominee, see the video below:
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