Senator Ted Cruz won all 34 elected Republican National Convention delegates from the state of Colorado without any votes being cast by citizens. The Colorado Republican Party leaders decided not to hold a regular primary or caucus for the presidency this year, instead electing to hold a state assembly in 2016.
The move made Colorado the only state to opt out of the process for a nomination. A state assembly is a much more open and chaotic process than a primary or caucus, and gives way to an almost open nomination process. With about 8,000 party members attending, it was the largest state convention ever for the Colorado Republicans.
In a state assembly, Colorado voters voted for delegates who will attend the Republican National Convention in July. The delegate selection process was spread out over several days, in which delegates were elected at both the county and state level. All 13 state-level delegates were pledged to support Ted Cruz, and the remaining 21 from all over the state soon fell in line as well.
"If we continue to stand here united, we are going to win this Republican election," Cruz said according to Roll Call. "If we continue to stand united, we are going to win the general election, we're going to win the state of Colorado, we are going to beat Hillary Clinton and we are going to turn this country around."