Donald Trump's Threatened Lawsuit Over Cruz's Louisiana Delegates

A threatened lawsuit may be the next hot topic of debate between Republican presidential hopefuls Senator Ted Cruz and real estate mogul Donald Trump after the billionaire's victory in Louisiana resulted in fewer GOP delegates. Trump tweeted his plans to his 7.28 million followers on Easter Sunday, "just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get fewer delegates than Cruz - Lawsuit coming."

After winning the Louisiana GOP primary by 3.6 points, Donald Trump was awarded 18 delegates - the same amount as Cruz, who came in behind him. Marco Rubio was awarded five delegates in Louisiana before he decided to suspend his campaign. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Rubio's delegates are fair game and can vote for either of the remaining candidates. Louisiana Republicans claim those five delegates are most likely to support Cruz -- making Trump the underdog in the state he won.

In addition to Rubio's five delegates, the Wall Street Journal also reported on Cruz's likelihood to capture five unpledged Louisiana delegates. The article claims Cruz will take efforts to place his supporters on important convention committees, actions that could "potentially deny Trump the GOP nomination."

While both of the candidates are racing for the Republican nod, Trump is currently leading with 742 pledged delegates. Cruz has 462.

After learning Cruz may receive more delegates in Louisiana, Trump made a statement to ABC This Week "it tells you what a crooked system we have and what a rotten political system we have."

In the statement, Trump went on to attack both Cruz and the GOP, "I have a guy going around trying to steal people's delegates....what's going on in the Republican Party is a disgrace."

Responding to Donald, Cruz reported to Fox News Sunday that Trump engages in "personal attacks because he can't discuss substance," the senator pointed out Trump's forfeiture of a scheduled debate in Salt Lake City. "That's why he's afraid to debate, why he refuses to debate because when he debates, his lack of understanding of the challenge facing America becomes evident for everyone to see."

Ohio Governor John Kasich, has 143 delegates and is also looking to beat Trump. However, according to ABC the debates between Trump and Cruz have remained personal and direct - and include little on Kasich. In Sunday's battle, Trump accused Cruz of releasing a Super PAC ad that showed an almost nude photo of his wife and former model, Melania Trump. The Celebrity Apprentice host asserted the ad made Cruz's wife Heidi fair game.

Trump reply to ABC, "He's the one that started it."

Governor Kasich told Meet The Press that spouses and children should be "off limits" in political campaigns. He went on to discuss his disdain over the current Republican race.

"If this becomes the order of the day, what kind of people are we going to have in the future that are going to run for public office? There's got to be some rules, and there's got to be something that gets set there... Some decency."
After Trump's tweets on Sunday night, the Cruz campaign's national spokesman Ron Nehring replied with a tweet of his own, "Maybe your time is better spent reading rules than sending hate-tweets."
No further information has been provided regarding Trump's lawsuit claims over the Louisiana delegates or Cruz's campaign plans to win those unpledged. What are your thoughts on the rules surrounding state delegates? Is it fair for Trump to lose his advantage in the state he's won?

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