Teton County Republicans Choose Trump

By on March 12, 2016
(Photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming — Teton County Republicans named Donald Trump their presidential nominee today. Trump-endorsing delegate Dr. John Baker won by a 21-19 vote after four rounds at the party’s caucus at Hotel Terra.

Baker narrowly defeated delegate Greyson Buckingham, who was endorsing  Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Teton County’s decision, however, does not reflect voting behaviors in the rest of the state. According to the Associated Press, the majority of the 12 Wyoming delegates elected today endorse Ted Cruz.

In addition to the 12 delegates chosen today, Wyoming counties also elected state delegates that will be sent to Casper April 14 to 16. These delegates will vote for an additional 14 national delegates to represent Wyoming at the Republican National Convention, July 18 to 21 in Ohio. There are also three additional delegates comprised of Republican party leaders totaling 29 national delegates. Approximately 2,472 Republican delegates will be present at the convention, where Republicans will formally decide their presidential nominee.

The caucus is a chance for a community to “hear from its neighbors,” explained former Republican State Rep. Keith Gingery. While voters silently cast their votes in primaries, caucuses, on the other hand, are meant to spark conversation about candidates and encourage more participation. Wyoming is among the 12 states that still hold caucuses instead of primaries.

This Republican caucus, Gingery said, garnered a different crop of folks who showed up because of Trump. “I had never met Baker before; in years past it has been a lot of the same people. This year, however, I had to keep explaining [the information] because we had so many new people.”

When asked if Gingery was surprised by Trump’s win in Teton County he replied, “Yes, very much so.”

The Cowboy State’s Democratic caucuses, which have 18 delegates, are slated for April 9.

 

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