Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz calls for unity as he campaigns in Wyoming where he is expected to win most of the state's 14 delegates. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is expected to win most of the 14 delegates up for grabs on Saturday (April 15) in Wyoming, likely besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party's nomination. Cruz is trying to prevent Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination at the July convention in Cleveland. By continuing to rack up small wins, Cruz is gaining ground on the New York real estate mogul, who has thus far failed to shift his focus on the local-level campaigning necessary to win delegates. While Trump has won 21 state nominating contests to Cruz's nine, the billionaire leads the Texas senator by only 208 delegates (755-545). That means he must win nearly 60 percent of those remaining before July. Wyoming does not hold a primary vote. Instead, 475 party activists convened in Casper on Saturday to hold a state convention and award 14 delegates. Previously, 12 other delegates had been designated at county-level conventions. Cruz won 10 of those, with one going to Trump and another being elected as "unbound." Trump has criticized the processes in Wyoming and Colorado, which awarded all 34 of its delegates to Cruz despite not holding a popular vote, as unfair. Campaigning on Saturday, Cruz sought to negate the efforts of a comment he made in January in which he disparaged what he called "New York values." He told supporters in the city of Casper that the values he stands for are ones that unite most Americans, such as security, good jobs, and good schools.