Skip to content

Ted Cruz wins the Wyoming caucuses

March 12, 2016

 I know what you are thinking: who knew Wyoming was holding its Republican caucuses today? With all of the focus on the upcoming battle in Florida the Wyoming caucuses did not get any attention in the media but today Ted Cruz won the state with about 68% of the vote. Coming in a distant second was Marco Rubio with roughly 21% followed by Donald Trump with about 8% of the vote.

  Wyoming seems to have a bit of a different nominating procedure; there were twelve delegates up for grabs today however the state will award another fourteen delegates at the state convention, meaning that even though Ted Cruz won the caucuses another candidate could walk away with more delegates than him after the state convention is over. Here is an explanation but it really does not clear it up all that much:

Wyoming picks 29 delegates in the Republican presidential primary, but only 12 are being decided Saturday. Another 14 will be decided at the party’s state convention next month. The final 3 are members of the Republican National Committee.

Saturday’s conventions are part of Wyoming’s complicated three-part process.

A state Republican party official explains: Republicans in Wyoming’s 23 counties get together to vote at county conventions on Saturday, but they’re not voting directly for the candidates. Instead, the counties are picking individuals who say ahead of time which candidate they’d vote for in Cleveland. But it’s more complicated than that: not all 23 of the delegates elected will actually get to vote in Cleveland. 22 of the 23 counties are put into pairs, with one county getting to pick an actual delegate and the other picking an alternate. Four years later, however, they switch roles. The 23rd county, Laramie County, gets to send a delegate based on its county results every election.

  Still a win is a win I guess…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2016 8:52 pm

    I think that this is the first year that I have paid any attention to how the delegates and caucuses worked. More like the third world apparently. Maybe worse.

    Liked by 3 people

    • March 13, 2016 6:33 am

      Yeah, I hear you there. Some of these states have some pretty screwed up rules and I think it is so that the establishment has some say in picking the candidate.


  2. petermc3 permalink
    March 13, 2016 12:24 am

    Kinda like playing a game of parcheesi backwards on a Chinese checkers board.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 13, 2016 6:35 am

      I don’t even know how to play parcheesi the right way, never mind backwards! But yeah, this is designed to help the establishment have a say in the nomination. The people think they gave the final say but they do not.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: