By David Hylton
At the Republican Party of Virginia's convention on Friday and Saturday, 13 "at large" delegates will be chosen to join Virginia’s chairman, national committeeman, and national committeewoman at the national convention, according to the state GOP website.
Politico reports that Ted Cruz supporters have put themselves in position to grab the spots available, which could help prevent Donald Trump from getting the nomination if he doesn't get the 1,237 delegates needed in the first round of voting.
In Virginia, delegates are bound proportionally by the results of Virginia’s March 1 primary, which means on the first ballot at the convention 17 votes will go to Trump, 16 will go to Marco Rubio, 8 for Cruz, 5 for John Kasich and 3 for Ben Carson.
But if a candidate does not receive the necessary delegates to secure the nomination in the first round of voting, delegates can then choose any candidate they want.
About 80 applications have been received for the 13 delegates available this weekend. Politico says former Gov. Jim Gilmore and former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are among those who have applied.
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