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Ted Cruz beats Trump in unbound, Maine’s ‘faceless’ delegates

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is clearly beating Donald Trump with a superior ground game as a TIME report confirms Cruz has won over most of the unbound delegates, secured more support in Maine which would be beneficial after the first ballot vote.

According to a TIME survey, “Of the 63 unbound delegates who have already been named, 26 have told TIME or other news outlets that they are either committed to support Cruz, lean towards supporting Cruz or refuse to support Trump on the first ballot. By contrast Trump has the public support of only one delegate in North Dakota. Another delegate in American Samoa is Trump’s local campaign chair, but he declined to confirm to TIME that he will support Trump on the first ballot. Fifteen others declined to tell TIME their preference, and 15 more could not be reached for comment.”

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In Maine, “Cruz secured 19 of 20 delegate slots filled at the state convention over the weekend. The sweep frustrated rivals Donald Trump and John Kasich — as well as Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Trump supporter — and prompted accusations of backstabbing and deception after an effort to agree to a “unity slate” of national convention delegates fell apart,” a CNN report summarized.

“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 people of Maine,” LePage said.
He singled out Sawyer in his statement, 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 hooligans,” he said.

“It’s no surprise Gov. LePage stands with Donald Trump, he endorsed Donald Trump,” said Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart in a statement. “Ted Cruz stands with the grass-roots, who made our caucus victory in Maine possible.”

Top Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort blasted Cruz on Sunday, accusing him of rejecting what he called the governor’s “consensus” plan and “playing fast with the rules,” telling Fox News that the Cruz campaign’s actions wouldn’t hurt Mr. Trump “because he’s still going to have the votes cast on the first ballot and there’s going to be no second ballot.”

Josh Dunlap, a Cruz delegate from 1st Congressional District, rejected the idea that the Cruz camp had formally agreed to a “unity slate” idea.
“There’s been a lot of misinformation handed out that — in fact, there was no final agreement. We had a consistent Cruz slate that we’ve always been backing and continue to back, and so unfortunately there’s been some misinformation, but the Cruz slate has remained the same,” Dunlap told CNN.
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