Cruz again outperforms Trump in securing delegates in Missouri
Sen. Ted Cruz is crushing Donald Trump's delegate operation in yet another state, Missouri, according to well-placed party sources.Trump operatives in Missouri are not rank amateurs but they have been out hustled by the Cruz forces.
Trump's operation to secure real supporters rather than notional ones to send to the July's presidential nominating convention was caught napping and only activated in Missouri a week before delegate voting began. By the time the crucial delegate contests were over, the New York businessman found that the Texan tornado had left him in his dust.
It means, as with Cruz's superior operations in Arizona, Arkansas and several other states, that Missouri delegates who must vote for Trump on the first ballot are really Cruz supporters who will defect if there is a second ballot and the Cleveland convention is contested.
Trump won the Missouri primary by a mere 0.2 percentage points, which meant he took 37 of the 52 delegates available. But party operatives say many of the 37 are likely to be under Cruz control and will abandon the New York businessman if he doesn't win the nomination on the first ballot.