Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump captured victory in Louisiana by a narrow 3.6 percentage points over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the state’s Mar. 5th primary, 41.4% to 37.8%.
But despite victory in the state, Trump is set to lose ten delegates to Cruz — and Trump is preparing a lawsuit over it.
With the GOP race in chaos, establishment figures have been frantically looking for any way to derail Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if no candidate can get enough delegates to lock up the nomination in advance. Party leaders — including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and 2008 nominee Sen. John McCain — are fearful a Trump victory would lead to a disastrous November election, with losses up and down the GOP ticket.
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal — at least in Louisiana — the GOP seems to have found a way to beat Trump, even without victory in the polls.
Despite the support of many establishment officials, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came up short in Lousiana, getting 11.8% of the vote, and was only awarded five pledged delegates. He has since dropped out of the race.
According to WSJ, the delegates Rubio won in the Bayou state — as well as five unassigned delegates — are going to back Cruz.
And Trump is not happy with the news.
Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get less delegates than Cruz-Lawsuit coming
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2016
So far, Trump has won 739 delegates. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president, so Trump needs to win 55% of the remaining delegates to prevent a brokered convention from happening — a scenario that would seemingly favor Cruz.