Despite dropping his bid for the White House on March 15 after a distant second place in the Florida primary, Senator Marco Rubio remains a factor in the race for the Republican nomination as he tries to ensure delegates remain loyal to him at the national convention in July.
In sum, Mr Rubio earned 164 delegates prior to dropping from the race for the nomination.
According to a report which first appeared in the Washington Examiner, Rubio’s plan is to request all five of his pledged Alaska delegates remain bound to him until balloting at the GOP convention.
By retaining these delegates, Rubio tips the scale in favor of Sen. Ted Cruz.
Rubio’s strategy is to deny Trump three delegates, which would give the Texas senator a 13-12 advantage within Alaska’s Republican delegation.
Trump currently leads Cruz in total delegates — 736 to 463.
In a letter written to the Alaska Republican Party, Rubio expressed his wish the state’s delegates pledged to him remain committed to him.
“It is my desire at this time that the delegates allocated to me by your rules remain bound to vote for me on at least the nominating ballot at the national convention,” Rubio wrote.
Explaining Rubio’s gesture in an e-mail to the Examiner, Alex Burgos, spokesman for the Florida senator wrote: “Of course, he’s no longer a candidate and wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”
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