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Cruz Will Not Release Kansas Delegates

Ted Cruz will not release the delegates he won in the Kansas caucuses, according to a letter obtained by National Review. 

Kansas GOP bylaws bind the state’s delegates to a candidate until that candidate expressly releases them. Cruz, in a letter, said he did not plan to do so. 

[A]lthough I have suspended my campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, I do not release any Republican National Convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state. The delegates remain bound to cast their ballots at the RNC according to the rules of the Convention and the rules of your state party.

I encourage all delegates who supported my campaign — and who support a constitutional conservative agenda that will grow jobs, protect our freedoms, and ensure our security — to actively participate in shaping the Party platform and rules n a manner that will ensure our cause is advanced. 

The letter was sent to Kansas GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold, and is signed by Cruz. 

The New York Times previously reported that Cruz’s campaign was encouraging his delegates to take control of the party platform at the convention. 



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