Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention Saturday, winning virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly splitting the 27 delegates selected by congressional district, reports the AP. As Politico puts it, "Trump's campaign got burned ... in the hunt for loyal delegates to the Republican national convention." The victory was mainly strategic for Cruz since all Arizona delegates are required to vote for Trump on the first national ballot because he won the state's March 22 primary. But should a contested convention occur, most will "likely flip to Cruz," per Politico.
The Arizona Republic explains Saturday's process: State delegates elected 27 delegates from nine congressional districts (three apiece), followed by 28 at-large delegates, but "problems with the online voting system caused delays and resulted in a period of late-afternoon restlessness among the assembled GOP activists. Some left. The process was also confusing," as the delegates could choose at-large slates in support of Trump, Cruz, or Kasich, and the Cruz and Kasich slates were almost exactly the same; the combined votes led to a win. The final numbers are mushy: Politico suggests Trump may have walked with 15 of the 55; the Republic indicates he got 11. (Read more Election 2016 stories.)