Cruz Positioning Loyalists in Arizona for Convention Swing

Arizona's delegates will become free agents in the event of a contested convention

A potential second ballot in Arizona could swing in Ted Cruz’s favor if the GOP race heads to the convention floor, NBC News reported.

Arizona’s Republicans handed Donald Trump nearly all of the state’s 58 delegates on March 22, which means they are all required to vote for him in the first ballot. If neither Trump nor Cruz win the 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination, the 58 delegates become free to vote for whomever they choose.

Cruz’s campaign is planting loyalists into Arizona’s delegation.

"The delegate count [on a second ballot] will not be reflective of the vote count," said Chris Herring, a Republican chair for a legislative district in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria. "The way the vote went in the presidential preference is not reflective of the grassroots members of the party."  

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