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Trump gets outhustled in delegate fight

In a Republican presidential race where every delegate might matter, Donald Trump's campaign has a big problem on its hands: It continues to get outhustled in the battle for delegates. The latest example played out in Colorado last night in a contest for just three congressional-district delegates, and Ted Cruz appeared to win all three. "Trump aides concede that Colorado is not a promising state, but the level of disorganization at Thursday's event suggested problems that ran deeper than the topline results," MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin reports. "Addressing the audience, Trump's new Colorado state director Patrick Davis told supporters to vote for the three pro-Trump delegate candidates on a glossy brochure the campaign distributed… There was only one problem: Two of the three names weren't listed on the ballot… After some digging, Davis returned with a solution to the mystery of the missing delegates. One of the delegates had failed to pay the necessary fee to get on the ballot. He assumed the other was left off for similar reasons… To be fair to Davis, who is a veteran operative in the state, he didn't have much time to get the campaign up to speed. He only joined Tuesday, right as a Trump aide assigned to the state, James Baker, was let go by the campaign. By the time he showed up for work, Cruz had already swept the six delegates in two Congressional District conventions over the last week."


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