As we have moved through the GOP presidential primary season, billionaire businessman and front-runner Donald Trump has won state after state and accumulated a significant number of delegates.
Meanwhile, the campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been returning to the states that have already voted and has successfully recruited a number of unbound delegates to support him at the convention.
He has also seen some success in convincing delegates already pledged to back Trump on the first ballot to instead back him on successive ballots at the convention, should Trump fail to win on the first ballot and those delegates become unbound.
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Though this all seems to be within the rules of the slimy game we call presidential politics, political cartoonist Gary Varvel of the Indy Star views it more as the GOP establishment siphoning away Trump’s support in an effort to undermine him.
Should Trump fail to obtain the requisite 1,237 delegates necessary for the GOP nomination by the first ballot at the convention, there is a very real chance that a substantial number of those delegates pledged to him will shift their vote to Cruz, who could then very well find himself being placed over the top of the magic number, garnering the nomination for himself.
This certainly appears to be one of the plans of the GOP establishment to stop Trump, though Cruz should be wary, as the establishment has no more love for him than they do for Trump. The would gladly drop him in an instant if they are successful in getting Trump out of the way first.
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