- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 3, 2016

DENVER — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday picked up the first six of 37 Colorado delegates to be chosen before the Republican National Convention, giving his candidacy a boost entering this week’s Wisconsin primary. The six delegates, three each from 1st and 6th congressional districts, shut out would-be delegates for businessman Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at party assemblies.  

Prior to Saturday, Mr. Cruz trailed Mr. Trump in the national delegate count by 736 to 463, followed by Mr. Kasich with 143. 

“Clean sweep for Cruz in Colorado today. We won all 6 National Delegate slots in play today and there will be a lot more next weekend when the rest of the assemblies meet,” said University of Colorado regent John Carson, one of the delegates selected Saturday, on Facebook. 

Delegates from Colorado’s other five congressional districts are to be selected at assemblies leading up to Saturday’s Colorado Republican Convention in Colorado Springs, which Mr. Cruz is expected to attend. 

Mr. Trump has not yet confirmed whether he will attend the convention, while Mr. Kasich has said he will not, according to the Denver Post.

The Colorado Republican Party declined to hold a statewide preference poll this year, leaving it up to assemblies in each district to choose delegates before the Cleveland convention.

 

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