Ted Cruz to address Colorado Republican Convention in April


COLORADO SPRINGS | The Centennial State is finally getting the attention of at least one Republican presidential candidate.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas pauses while speaking to the media about events in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, near the Capitol in Washington. Cruz said he would use the "full force and fury" of the U.S. military to defeat the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)After a March 1 caucus that left delegates uncommitted in the early nominating period for president, Colorado GOP officials announced Monday morning, March 28, that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of three remaining Republican presidential candidates in the running, will address the state convention April 9 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.

“We are extremely pleased to have U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz address the 2016 Colorado GOP convention,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House in a news release. “Hearing from a presidential candidate in person will be extremely helpful to our state delegates in their deliberations, and we hope to see all three candidates in Colorado Springs onApril 9.”

Cruz is currently trailing front-runner Donald Trump in the pledged delegate count, but the senator will be looking to secure Colorado delegates to the Republican National Convention, to be held July 18 to 21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Both Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are likely to attend part of the convention but have not confirmed their plans.

Cruz, Trump and most of the other Republicans in the race earlier this month largely eschewed visiting and campaigning in Colorado due to the move made last year by state Republican Party officials to not bind delegates to the caucus winner all the way to the national convention. In 2012, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum won the GOP caucus but had dropped out of the race by the time the convention was held.

Republican county assemblies in recent weeks across the state have selected delegates for the state convention who would later be chosen to represent the Colorado GOP at the RNC proceedings in Cleveland. While some delegates have come out publicly to state their preference for Cruz or Trump, it’s unclear exactly how many candidates currently in the running for one of the national delegate spots are solidly behind Cruz or specifically prepared for vote for anyone other than Trump.

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Weld County, is perhaps the highest-ranking Republican in Colorado to throw his support behind Cruz. Other members of the Colorado congressional delegation had previously endorsed other candidates who have since dropped out of the race — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, for example — and have refused to go on record whether they support Cruz, Trump or Kasich for their party’s nomination.