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Colorado’s Republican voters won’t be silenced.
The group that calls itself Colorado Votes Matter has organized a rally for April 15 at the Colorado GOP headquarters to protest against Ted Cruz’s win of the state’s delegates over Donald Trump in a contest that didn’t see voters directly choose the winner.
The Denver Post explained how Cruz won the delegates.
Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.
Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.
The decision sparked significant controversy at the time and removed Colorado from the Republican primary map in the early stages of the campaign. But Cruz supporters worked quietly behind the scenes to build an organization to get like-minded Republicans to the March 1 precinct caucuses and capitalized on the Trump campaign’s failure to adapt to the system.
It should come as no surprise then that voters feel disenfranchised and are fighting back.
“The Colorado Republican Party shamefully silenced its voters this election season. We demand that Colorado give the power to vote in the Presidential Primary to the voters. We will exercise our right to assemble and peacefully protest the corruption of the Colorado GOP and disenfranchisement that we the voters have suffered,” the group wrote on its website coloradovotesmatter.org.
The group also warned that this is just the beginning and vowed to “show the GOP a preview of what is to come if we come to a contested convention.”
GOP chairman Reince Priebus defended the vote saying the rules have been in place since August.
The rules were set last year. Nothing mysterious –nothing new. The rules have not changed. The rules are the same. Nothing different.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) April 12, 2016
And the Colorado GOP has maintained that nothing sinister happened, even after its official account tweeted out #NeverTrump after the election.
There was plenty of response on social media to the planned protest and Priebus’ defense.
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@The_Trump_Train @GOP How in the hell can the people of Colorado stand for this betrayal .Votes should matter
— don85375 (@don85375) April 12, 2016
It’s time to invade Colorado and see if we can install a democracy there where votes matter. #gop #Trump2016
— Howard Notelling (@BluegrassPundit) April 11, 2016
Colorado voters DIDNT GET 2 VOTE. So already the ppls votes dont matter. @GretchenCarlson @ChrisStirewalt Will all states adopt this method?
— di kele (@Pudingtane) April 11, 2016
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE HOPING FOR AS REP. NOM.–THIS IS WRONG!
Trump erupts as Cruz sweeps Colorado WITHOUT VOTES! https://t.co/TZHc1II27C
— Kathy Davis (@UsaKathydavis) April 11, 2016
@Reince when rules in Colorado were changed last Aug to disenfranchise the people of CO to choose their Republican nominee THAT WAS WRONG!
— Terry Shawn (@xebec78) April 12, 2016
@Reince you and the @GOP better be careful if you keep trying to steal nomination from @realDonaldTrump. Millions will walk away from GOP.
— Michael Prada (@MikePrada) April 12, 2016
@Reince Is that why the @ColoGop twitter account posted “We did it. #NeverTrump” Bunch of BS…
— Students for Trump (@SoCal4Trump) April 12, 2016
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