Republican presidential candidate won the GOP primary in Louisiana earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get more of the state’s delegates.
And Trump isn’t happy about the situation. On Sunday, he commented via his popular Twitter feed on the predicament, promising that a “lawsuit (is) coming.”
As The Advocate reported after the primary, Trump bested rival U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to win Louisiana, but Cruz’s support ticked up on Election Day, and he won enough votes in the state’s 4th District to give him an advantage on the delegates that were divvied up by Congressional districts.
Under the party’s tabulation, both Trump and Cruz won 18 delegates in the election, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won five Louisiana delegates. Rubio has since dropped out of the race, leaving his delegates up for grabs, which could be more favorable to Cruz, who has won support from several past-Rubio backers. The state’s five uncommitted delegates also are wild cards that could swing to Cruz. (For a complete list of the delegates who will represent the state at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
The Wall Street Journal recently noted that Cruz also has an advantage by having several Louisiana delegates serving on special committees that will handle rules, credentials and the party platform and that could become important in a contested convention if no candidate wins the nomination in the first ballot round.
“The rules panel will determine which candidates are eligible to be nominated for president, the platform panel will write the party’s agenda, and the credentials panel will mediate disputes about which delegates can be seated,” The Wall Street Journal explains.
Trump’s Louisiana co-chairman Woody Jenkins raised questions surrounding the delegate distribution earlier this month.
The situation has apparently now caught Trump’s attention, with the businessman tweeting Sunday: “Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get less delegates than Cruz,” with the lawsuit threat.
It’s unclear what standing, grounds or jurisdiction Trump would seek recourse through, but it isn’t the first time Trump has threatened legal action over a perceived slight in the race.