VOLUNTEER STATE STANDS FIRM AGAINST “REPUBLICAN” ELITE
This election cycle, anti-establishment candidates have received the lion’s share of “Republican” votes – and delegates. Thus far, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have combined for 64 percent of the GOP popular vote – and an even larger percentage of the delegates awarded.
Their success has angered the status quo … greatly.
In Tennessee, Trump got 38.9 percent of the vote and 33 delegates – while Cruz received 24.7 percent of the vote and 16 delegates. The top establishment finisher? Marco Rubio, who won 21.2 percent of the vote (and nine delegates).
Rubio’s campaign has since collapsed … prompting him to drop out of the race.
Eager to ensure that their delegates don’t go to a status quo candidate who didn’t earn them, Tennessee supporters of Trump and Cruz have reportedly formed an alliance. According to reporter Michael Patrick Leahy of Breitbart, “they plan on pledging that their votes at the Republican National Convention will be for one of the two anti-establishment candidates, Trump or Cruz, on every ballot cast after their legal obligation to vote for the candidate for whom they pledged their commitment.”
Tennessee requires its delegates to vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged on the first two ballots. After that, they are free to support other candidates. In most states – including South Carolina – delegates are only bound on the first ballot.
Why does this matter? Well, if Trump doesn’t hit the 1,237-delegate threshold on the first ballot, this July’s GOP convention in Cleveland, Ohio could descend into chaos.
We wonder … will other states follow Tennessee’s lead? Will South Carolina?