- Fourteen GOP conventions across the state were tasked with electing 42 of the state’s 76 delegates who will go to the national convention
- In most of the meetings, supporters of Ted Cruz swept most of the spots
- At the Seventh District gathering, Debbie Dooley, a tea party organizer and Trump ally, was defeated in delegate bid
- Following the results, a Trump supporter grabbed the room’s American flag and several others stormed out of the convention hall
- Thirty-one of Georgia’s of the 76-delegate total will be chosen at the GOP convention in Augusta on June 3 and 4
- Delegates have to vote per results of the March primary in the first round of voting, but if Trump doesn’t receive the majority of votes there’s a re-vote
- During the re-vote they can vote for another Republican candidate
Trump supporters take American flag and walk out of GOP convention in Georgia as the front runner is stripped of most of the delegates he won in primary
Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump stormed out of a GOP convention in Georgia carrying the hall’s American flag after the Republican front runner lost the majority of the delegates he won in the state last month.
Fourteen GOP conventions across the state were tasked with electing 42 of the state’s 76 delegates who will go to Cleveland in July for the national convention. Each district chose three delegates and three alternatives.
In most of the meetings, supporters of Sen Ted Cruz swept most of the spots, while John Kasich and Trump, who won Georgia’s primary on March 1, were left with few. At the Seventh District gathering, Debbie Dooley, a tea party organizer and Trump ally, was defeated in delegate bid.
Donald Trump supporters stormed out of a GOP convention in Georgia on Saturday after the Republican presidential candidate lost delegates
Following the results, a Trump supporter grabbed the room’s American flag and several others stormed out of the convention hall. In a video of the incident, what appears to be a security official, tries to stop them as several others in attendance watched, baffled at the event taking place. One person can be heard clapping while several others head straight for the door at the back of the room.
In some areas of the state, however, Trump fared fairly well. He earned two delegates in the Second district, one in the Fourth and one in the 14th.
A Trump supporter grabbed the room’s American flag and several others stormed out of the convention hall
‘This is a very insider-driven process, so it’s naturally difficult for outsiders to affect the outcome,’ Brian Jack, Trump’s national delegate director, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘We are investigating concerns of delegate suppression in a few Congressional district conventions, as we want to ensure everyone was treated fairly.’
He said that Trump ‘did better than most expected in Georgia, earning a majority of supporters within our delegate slots’.
Republican operatives estimated that Trump received 12 or 14 delegates in Saturday’s conventions, which is about one-third of the delegates that were up for grabs. Cruz’s campaign, however, grabbed at least 31 delegates on Saturday. Thirty-one of Georgia’s of the 76-delegate total will be chosen at the GOP convention in Augusta on June 3 and 4.
Trump won the Georgia primary, but if the national convention goes into several rounds of voting, the delegates of Georgia can vote for another candidate. Pictured above is a Trump rally in Hartford, Connecticutb
This group often includes well-known officials and activists. In 2012, the list included Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Attorney General Sam Olens, House Speaker David Ralston, prominent tea party leader Julianne Thompson and Gov. Nathan Deal’s wife, Sandra Deal. The only three delegates already determined are Republican National Committee members Randy Evans and Linda Herren and state GOP chairman John Padgett. Delegates will have to vote in relation to the results of the March 1 primary in the first round of voting at the national convention. But the state party only binds delegates to support Trump for the first ballot at the convention.
Any delegate may shift his or her support to any other GOP contender who might emerge if Trump can’t lock up the nomination before a second round of voting. Preparing for that scenario, Ted Cruz supporters in Georgia are trying to secure want to secure as many of those spots as possible. The Georgia results come as Trump prepares for Tuesday’s primary in New York. There are 95 delegates at stake in the Empire State, and it’s important for Trump to win a big majority of them.
There are 14 statewide delegates and three delegates in each congressional district. If a candidate gets more than 50 per cent of the statewide vote, he gets all 14 delegates. Otherwise, he has to share them with other candidates. If a candidate gets more than 50 per cent of the vote in a congressional district, he gets all three delegates. Otherwise, again, he has to share.
Trump leads statewide in the most recent preference polls, with right around 50 per cent. New York is a large and diverse state, so he probably won’t win all the congressional districts. Let’s say Trump does make it to 50 percent, but Kasich or Cruz wins five congressional districts; Trump will take 77 delegates on the night. Trump’s running delegate total is 821.