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Ted Cruz will not go down without a fight.
In a sign that he intends to flex some muscle at the Republican National Convention in July, the Texas senator is not releasing his delegates in at least three states, CNN reported.
He sent letters Monday to state Republican parties in at least Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas informing state party leaders that he intends to retain those delegates pledged to him.
Of special interest are those delegates representing Kansas. CNN reported:
Kansas delegates are particularly key: They are required to remain with whomever they are pledged to until the candidate officially releases them — unlike most states, they are not allowed to vote their conscience unless explicitly given permission, which Cruz isn’t giving them.
“Although I have suspended my campaign for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, I do not release any Republican National Convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state,” Cruz wrote in his letter to the chair of the Kansas Republican Party.
Similar letters were delivered to Oklahoma and Texas GOP chairs.
“I encourage all delegates who supported my campaign — and who support a constitutional conservative agenda that will grow jobs, protect our freedoms, and ensure our security — to actively participate in shaping the Party platform and rules in a manner that will ensure our cause is advanced,” he continued in his letter to the Kansas GOP.
“The reason we suspended the race last week is with Indiana’s loss I didn’t see a viable path to victory. If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly.”
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