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Wide-Open Colorado Convention Is a Republican Delegate Rodeo

  • Hopefuls get 10 seconds apiece to sell themselves to the party
  • Cruz swoops in as most haven't declared whom they'll support
Scott Schiffner of the U.S. tries to get away from “Too Sharp” as a bullfighter comes in to help during the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Oct. 27, 2006, in Las Vegas.
Photographer: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

For the first time in 40 years, a presidential candidate will appear at Colorado’s Republican Assembly, a sign of how arcane and obscure rules governing delegates in some states may lead the party to a contested national convention in July.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, fresh from a triumph in Wisconsin, will appeal to the faithful Saturday in Colorado Springs as he seeks to load the state’s complement of 37 delegates with his supporters. He’s already won six and has an extensive grassroots operation orchestrated by Colorado’s Tea Party network. It’s a center of strength for a candidate who has married fervent conservatism, legal acumen and a bent for organization.