Skip to comments.Wyoming Ices Out Trump At State Convention
Posted on 03/15/2016 1:36:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus
Wyoming voters have sent a clear message to the GOP: The Equality State isnt getting on the Trump Train.
Voters, apparently unimpressed with the front-runner, almost shut him out completely at their Republican county convention on Saturday, giving him barely 7 percent of the vote.
Precinct caucuses were held March 1, and under half of the states 29 delegates were up for grabs on Saturday the rest will be doled out during Wyomings state convention in mid April but Ted Cruz swept up three quarters of them, taking nine of the available twelve. Trump, who has won eleven primary states, was awarded just one and received only 70 of 971 votes a laughably poor haul for the Republican front-runner.
Losing Wyoming may not affect his momentum in the primary, but Trump barely beat out uncommitted in a red state full of white middle-class Evangelicals, his prime demographic.
If Wyoming held more sway in the primary, a loss like this might prompt pundits and campaign consultants to ask why Wyoming Republicans voted differently from the majority of their peers in eleven other states, but with only 29 delegates on the line, the anomaly of the Wyoming convention is likely to be passed over with little scrutiny.
But what makes Wyomingites distinct from Trumps usual supporters is important: Theyre truly conservative.
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, Wyoming is the most conservative state in the U.S. Trumps bigger, better, gold-plated government message doesnt exactly speak to the hearts and minds of libertarian-leaning conservatives who would prefer that the government pave their roads and stay out of their personal lives. In a state thats 91 percent rural, debatable success in Manhattans real-estate market means little, and it certainly doesnt prove you have the chops to run a country. Trumps big-government fantasies likely dont resonate with Wyomings ranchers, hunters, and small-business owners who are lifelong, red-blooded, free-market Republicans, and Saturdays results proved they arent buying Trumps recent conversion to the Right.
The distaste for Trump in Wyoming likely goes beyond policy. Wyomingites arent exactly sitting at home watching reruns of The Apprentice and wishing they could shake the spray-tanned hands of the man responsible for it. Trumps penchant for peddling steak, vodka, and bottled water just exaggerates the distance hes removed from the lives of average voters in the Equality State. Wyomingites dont buy steaks from the Sharper Image; they raise them. Trumps thin-skinned bravado and proclivity to scream lawsuit at every offense probably didnt earn him any favorability points in a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps state where rub some dirt on it might as well be stitched into the state flag.
It seems Wyoming voters arent jumping on the burn it down bandwagon. If theyre spitting-mad at the GOP, theyre proving it by throwing their weight behind a proven constitutionalist instead of a lifelong Democrat. Wyoming voters took a stand for conservatism on Saturday. Theres plenty of room beside them for Florida and Ohio voters on March 15.
Cheney’s state GOP.
This is the establishment party bosses talking. Wonder how the people feel about it?
Cheney, one of the most hated of Leftists and RINOs-—just like Cruz.
Well, he is GOP establishment, that’s for sure.
It was a caucus not a primary.
Screw it, NRO.
Yes it is.
We're about to find out how the people feel.
The western and rocky Mountain states are important to me. Lots of independent, freedom loving, self-sufficient folks. Sarah Palin is one of them. I think they are canaries in the mine. Trump’s winning but they’re bothered by something and prefer Cruz. I need to be honest with them and try to figure out what that is. I’m a trump supporter who switched over from Cruz.
Where the men are MEN.
And so are the women.
And the sheep are NERVOUS.
Remember when he was Darth Vader to the Left?
And he was invaluable after 9/11 helping W put the nation back together.
Sure he’s establishment and Jeb Bush was a decent governor too.
Heck, Rush Limbaugh is a principled conservative AND a lifelong Republican as well.
Not all the GOP-e are total RINOs.
Reading the post you see every excuse possible as to why Trump didn’t win. Cheney State, leftist and RINO state, establishment party bosses talking, caucus not a primary etc.
Wyoming is the most conservative state in the U.S. Maybe they just get it.
Yes, I know. But Cheney is just about as GOPe as you can get today. Just like Bush (all of them), Romney, et al.
Population of Wyoming is 580,000. Why don’t they let those people vote in a primary and see who wins? 970 votes in a caucus?
Even the great Barry Goldwater got a little RINO in his old age.
We still owe him.
Maybe the uniqueness of businesses in Wyoming has them less mad than other States at what has gone on.
Cruz, the winner, received just 664 votes. This was a caucus of GOP insiders. It was not a primary where the people decide.
Congratulations to Senator Cruz on his victory in Wyoming, but it was not a reflection of who the people in Wyoming support.
If the GOP establishment could have done it all over again, it would have eliminated primaries in favor of closed caucuses.
In which only party insiders can vote.
The Caucuses are OPEN to all Republicans.
There is little difference between a primary and a caucus - except for the turn out of voters.
Please do not spread misinformation.
The GOPe is hated nationwide by the majority of actual GOP voters. So I’m sure the GOPe members within the link below are truly representative of the 580,000 people in WY. /sarc
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