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According to aides from both the Kasich and the Trump camps at the convention, all three campaigns had mutually agreed to a slate of delegates -- called a "unity ticket" -- with the help of LePage and state party officials prior to voting at the convention.
For the unity ticket, the campaigns had agreed that the delegates sent to the national convention should be actual supporters of the candidates they were awarded to, based on the results of the March 5 caucuses, and so each candidate's slots -- in Maine, 12 for Cruz, nine for Trump, and two for Kasich -- should be filled with people selected by their campaign.
Republican 100% Reporting Delegates Allocated: 23/23
T. Cruz 45.9% 8,550 12
D. Trump 32.6% 6,070 9
J. Kasich 12.2% 2,270 2
LePage said the actions were emblematic of the Cruz campaign. "As we have seen throughout the country, Cruz's national campaign is run by greedy political hoooligans."
Paul LePage, Maine's Governor April 22 at 4:10pm · Governor LePage Calls on Ted Cruz to Condemn Dirty Tricks by Campaign Operative at GOP Convention
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement today opposing the underhanded tactics being used by operatives for Ted Cruz's national campaign at the Maine Republican Convention.
"Maine Republicans cast their votes at caucus and elected 12 delegates for Ted Cruz, 9 for Donald Trump and 2 for John Kasich," said Governor LePage. "We reached a deal with Cruz's national campaign to put up a unity slate that would honor the wishes of the thousands of Mainers who voted at caucus. But Cruz's Northeast Political Director David Sawyer lied to us and broke the deal. Sawyer stabbed us in the back, reneged on the unity slate and betrayed the Maine people."
"As we have seen throughout the country, Cruz’s national campaign is run by greedy political hooligans. These are the same operatives in the Republican Establishment who worked for Mitt Romney to disenfranchise Maine delegates in 2012. They are using sneaky and deceitful operators like Sawyer to try to subvert the democratic process and take all 23 delegates. I can't stand by and watch as Cruz and the Republican Establishment forcibly overrule the votes of Mainers who chose Trump and Kasich."
"Not only are Cruz’s national campaign operatives trying to suppress delegates for Trump and Kasich, but they are also besmirching the efforts of the many good Maine Republicans who are Cruz supporters. They, too, deserve better than these devious machinations by professional political operators from the Republican Establishment who are scheming to stifle the voice of Mainer voters.”
"I call on Senator Cruz to condemn Sawyer's disrespectful and dishonest tactics in Maine. Cruz is an honorable man, and I am confident that he will do the right thing by Maine people."
originally posted by: BlueAjah
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
The candidates agreed...
Cruz broke the "rules"
Josh Dunlap, a Cruz delegate from first congressional district, disputed the idea that the Cruz camp had agreed to a unity slate idea.
originally posted by: Justoneman
a reply to: BlueAjah
Cruz is not so gullible but does give people the creeps. But i think he is true to the country and Constitution and is certainly not perfect but it appears to me he is one of our best hopes at this point in our Republic.
originally posted by: LDragonFire
The thing I don't get is why are there so many states that don't let the people vote in the primary process?