North Dakota GOP officials released a list of 25 delegates recommended for the convention, compiled from 112 applicants, setting up a clash between the remaining Republican candidates, NBC News reported.
Trump’s campaign said they were happy with the list and believed half the delegates would be on their side, while Cruz’s team passed out a list of 23 people it identified as supporters, asking delegates to vote for them. Kasich said he was also happy with the party slate.
The move aimed to lock down supporters as the three rivals try to gather deletes in the even of a brokered convention.
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A contested contest would make North Dakota's 25 delegates highly valuable — all of which are free agents and can vote for whomever they please at the national convention in July, potentially sending a candidate close to a majority over the edge.