Donald Trump Loses Georgia Primary Delegates To Ted Cruz, Supporters Steal The American Flag In Response

Zachary Volkert

Donald Trump may have retroactively lost his Georgia delegate lead to Ted Cruz, even after scoring a decisive victory in the state primary on March 7.

Individual congressional districts met Saturday to select the 43 of the 76 delegates that would be going on to the Republican convention in Ohio at the end of July. Each of the 14 conventions picks three delegates and three alternates.

Despite Donald's advantage in votes, Ted's supporters now appear to make up the majority of Georgia's representation going on to the state convention in Augusta. The real estate tycoon's loyalists reacted angrily to the news, even grabbing the flag and carrying it out of one convention.

— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 16, 2016

"On paper, the convention's task was to pick the two delegates awarded to Donald for his district victory, and one delegate for Rubio — who has suspended his campaign. In reality, after five hours, the convention sent two hardcore Ted supporters [and a neutral chairman] to Cleveland... The three will sign pledges to support Trump and Rubio in a first round of voting in Cleveland. Thereafter, their votes will be their own."

— Politics News (@PoliticsNewz) April 16, 2016

"Donald won Georgia by more than 14 points, almost 200,000 more votes than his next closest rival. He also carried 155 counties out of 159. Ted Cruz didn't win a single county. Because of this landslide victory, Mr. Trump was awarded 42 delegates. We're asking that the Republican officials honor his victory this Saturday with fair representation... If you are willing to attend one of these meetings this Saturday morning and show your support for Donald, please contact the volunteer coordinator nearest you."

According to Atlanta Journal Constitution, that message from Trump came too late. The paper explained that those Georgia delegates who would actually have the power to vote for which delegates would go on to Cleveland were selected before Saturday.

"If you weren't selected as a congressional convention delegate last month at the county-level meetings, you will have no standing at Saturday's gatherings. Other than as a spectator... Moreover, in most congressional districts, the processing of applications to be a delegate in Cleveland is nearly over. For instance, in the 11th District, interviews for potential delegates were held on Saturday and Tuesday... More than likely, if you haven't applied to be a delegate by now, you're out of luck."

— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 17, 2016

Apart from Donald Trump losing his Georgia primary delegate lead, Ted Cruz also picked up all of Wyoming's 14 delegates on Saturday.

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