A great deal of heated rhetoric has been filling the Internet over news that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won all 34 delegates in Colorado over the weekend. The Trump campaign exploded, as did its surrogates at various websites, but it turns out that the Trump campaign had very little to no organization in the state, and to make make matters worse, actually issued flyers and ballots filled with errors.
NBC News reported:
On Saturday, Trump backers passed out flyers at the convention site with official campaign slate of 13 delegates and 13 alternates accompanied by their three-digit number position on the 600-plus person ballot. Seven of the names, however, directed people to the wrong number and one delegate’s name was misspelled. Other candidates did not have errors on their slates.
In one case, an erroneous number corresponded with a Cruz supporter. A second flyer handed out by the Trump campaign contained four mismatched names and numbers.
Among the names listed incorrectly on both flyers: Becky Mizel.
It was the second major error concerning campaign materials this week. On Thursday, a Trump slate of three names in the 7th Congressional District convention contained two that weren’t listed on the ballot. The campaign’s state director, Patrick Davis, said they failed to pay the necessary fees to qualify.
According to the NBC report, Trump’s supporters in Colorado “said they were frustrated with the campaign’s chaotic and uncommunicative campaign, which failed to reach basic levels of competence.”
Now the campaign — and its supporters — claims there was skulduggery on Cruz’s part, even though the rules were known for quite some time.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) April 10, 2016
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The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2016
But Mizel, one of the Trump delegates previously mentioned, explained what happened: “We could have had some things going, but the campaign decided to not put resources here.”
But somehow, that’s Ted Cruz’s fault…
But, NBC added, the Trump campaign wasn’t the only one at fault:
Trump’s campaign wasn’t the only one who made mistakes, though. Colorado Republican chairman Steve House announced several corrections to the ballot from the stage, including multiple names that were on the ballot twice, none of which affected any candidate’s official slate. One Trump alternate, Jerome Parks, was not on the numbers-only ballot at #379 — instead the ballot listed #378 twice.
“They’re not in there!” Trump supporter Karen Kasel said to herself in frustration as she tried to find #379 on her ballot in the hallway.
There were also discrepancies between delegate guides posted to the state party’s website and printed materials distributed by the state GOP. Mizel, for example, was listed on a delegate list on the party website as number #610, but a brochure from the state GOP listing delegates alphabetically cut off at #588.
Making matters worse, someone at the state GOP tweeted this after Cruz won: “We did it. #NeverTrump.”
The tweet was pulled and the state GOP responded:
The last tweet was the result of unauthorized access to our account and in no way represents the opinion of the party. We are investigating.
— The Colorado GOP (@cologop) April 10, 2016
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