MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Supporters of businessman Donald Trump in Arizona screamed foul after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won a large majority of the 58 delegates to the Republican national convention during a state party meeting.
Trump campaign chair Jeff DeWit angrily yelled that "Trump got cheated" after it became clear that delegates to Saturday's state party convention had elected Cruz backers for virtually all the 28 at-large national delegates. The two roughly split the 27 delegates elected by congressional district.
Former Gov. Jan Brewer failed to win a delegate seat at July's convention and was visibly angry, saying she "got cheated."
But Cruz campaign organizer Constantin Querard says simple math led to the at-large victory. Cruz offered a nearly identical slate of candidates as John Kasich backers and the combined votes led to a win.
State party chairman Robert Graham says the election ran correctly and said DeWit was making unsupported accusations.
The elected delegates will be bound to vote for Trump on the first ballot at July's national GOP convention regardless of Saturday's results. That's because he beat Cruz and Kasich in the state's presidential primary.