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    Trump Lashes Out, Threatens Lawsuit Over 'Unfair' Primary Rules

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    On Sunday, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump promised to take legal action against the state of Louisiana for what he is calling “unfair” delegate allocation rules.

    Trump won the state in the March 5 primary by nearly 4%, but both he and Ted Cruz earned the same number of delegates, each taking 18. On top of that, Cruz could end up with 10 more delegates from the state if he picks up the five previously committed to Marco Rubio and the five who are unbound and can choose any candidate they see fit. 

    “Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the state of Louisiana and got less delegates then [Sen. Ted] Cruz [R-Texas] – lawsuit coming,” he tweeted.

    The executive director of Louisiana’s Republican Party has responded to Trump’s threat by saying the party is prepared and that he is confident in the rules. 

    “[I’m] really confident in the rules,” Jason Doré told The Times-Picayune. "[We] are taking it seriously and will be prepared.”

    He also stated that Trump’s threats are premature, as the ten delegates in question have not yet committed to any candidate.

    “There’s no commitments from any of these delegates — the Rubio delegates or the others — that they’re going to go for Cruz or for Trump,” said Doré, an unbound delegate himself who plans to remain uncommitted until the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

    “[Cruz’s] not going to receive any more delegates,” he added. "[Trump] received the delegates he was supposed to. Everybody’s been allocated what they’re going to be allocated.”

    Currently, Trump has 739 of the 1,237 delegates needed for the party’s nomination. Cruz trails him in second place with 465 — and though the senator is unlikely to reach the required number, many are hoping he will block the former reality television star from reaching the requirement and make way for a brokered convention.


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