“The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them.”
Last August, the Colorado Republican Party cancelled their 2016 presidential caucus, eliminating the opportunity for the people of Colorado to vote on their preferred nominee and leaving the decision to party activists, who choose the delegates. Sunday, Donald Trump had a few things to say about it:
The Denver Post had first reported the Colorado Republicans’ decision to cancel their state presidential caucus on August 25, 2015:
Colorado will not vote for a Republican candidate for president at its 2016 caucus after party leaders approved a little-noticed shift that may diminish the state’s clout in the most open nomination contest in the modern era. The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate who wins the caucus vote.
The move makes Colorado the only state so far to forfeit a role in the early nomination process. “It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season, said Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman.
State Republican Party Chairman Steve House said the move would give Colorado delegates the freedom to support any candidate eligible at the Cleveland convention in July.