Although Ted Cruz dropped out of the race earlier this month, his camp isn't finished yet. Cruz supporters and others watching the Washington state race are wondering: How many delegates did Cruz win in Washington, and what outcome, if any, will it have on the presidential race with Donald Trump almost certainly taking the Republican nomination?
Although Trump won Washington with more than 75 percent of the vote and gained at least 27 delegates, Cruz supporters made a show of their support, garnering approximately 10 percent of the votes. Because Washington state allots delegates proportionately, 10 percent of the vote should translate to roughly four delegates for Cruz, though the official tally won't be available until all the votes are counted.
Despite dropping out of the race, Cruz still has ample support among Washington Republicans. Last week at the state's GOP convention in Pasco, 40 of the state's 41 elected delegates pledged their support for Cruz. Although the delegates will be bound to Trump after his big win in the Washington GOP primary, the Cruz support in Washington paints a telling portrait of a state party that has yet to be unified behind their presumptive presidential candidate; this echoes the disunity of the Republican party at large with Trump inching closer to their helm.
Cruz's thought-provoking win at the Washington convention was a result of campaign organization at the local level, and his supporters have no delusions of a last-minute Cruz nomination.
Paul Hess, a Cruz supporter and Republican delegate, said the Cruz supporters among Washington Republicans are more interested in changing the party platform than blindly supporting their "zombie" candidate, thus proving that although they might be living in the past, they aren't going to riot over allegedly "rigged" elections or assault protestors in the name of their former candidate.
Sure, the Cruz camp pledged their support for him leading up to Tuesday's primary, but they don't have any intentions to disrupt the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. Rather, according to a Washington correspondent who spoke with Cruz's campaign chair in Washington, they intend to help write the party platform and influence the vice presidential candidate, in hopes of bringing Cruz's values to the Trump slate.
Although both Republican and Democratic candidates were on Tuesday's primary ballot, only Republicans are using the Washington primary results. The state already held Democratic and Republican caucuses earlier this year, with Bernie Sanders winning big in Washington with nearly 73 percent of the vote in the Democratic caucus.
As the results from Tuesday's primary come in, with Trump overwhelmingly winning at least 27 delegates, Cruz's win at the state's convention may signify the beginning of the end for Cruz's post-presidential bid campaign.