Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz managed to collect the majority of Maine’s Republican delegates, during the stat’s GOP convention on Saturday.
Sen. Cruz had an overwhelming 19 of the 20 spots up for grabs, with just one spot (20th) going to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who’s supporting GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
The battle for delegates has just become very intense as the candidates are heading into the Republican National Convention in July. Sen. Cruz is fighting for every delegate it can collect to prevent Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. But the bad news is that even with the big win on Saturday, both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich need to win more delegates than are available in the remaining primary contests to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot.
Before the vote, LePage attacked the Cruz campaign for not being united and for backing on a “unity slate” of the state’s delegates, which he said was “stabbing us in the back” As he stated, “We reached a deal with Cruz’s national campaign to put up a unity slate that would honor the wishes of the thousands of Mainers who voted at caucus. But Cruz’s Northeast Political Director David Sawyer lied to us and broke the deal. Sawyer stabbed us in the back, reneged on the unity slate, and betrayed the people of Maine.”
That didn’t cause any trouble for Cruz’s campaign because they immediately dismissed his critics as he already is backing the real estate mogul.
“It’s no surprise Gov. LePage stands with Donald Trump, he endorsed Donald Trump,” said Alice Stewart, Communications Director for Ted Cruz for President. “And Ted Cruz stands with the grassroots, who made our caucus victory in Maine possible. Cruz will always defend the interests of the people who elected him over the will of establishment politicians.”
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