Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called the electoral process ‘rigged’ after losing delegates in states – most notably Colorado, Wyoming and West Virginia – without a vote of the people.
Many voters also have expressed outrage that their votes seemed to have been ‘stolen’ by the party for its gain.
Republican National Committee Rules Committee Member, Curly Haughland, essentially legitimized their concern.
Haughland said, “The media has created the perception that the voters will decide the nomination. And that’s the conflict here.” He went on to say, “Political parties choose their nominee, not the general public, contrary to popular belief.” (listen to him here:)
But the Republican Party isn’t the only political party with such confusing rules.
In the Democratic primary in Wyoming, Senator Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by a 56-44 margin, but split the state’s delegates 7-7.
Although the rules for both parties were written well in advance of the campaign and the candidates agreed to them, Haughland is correct. The rules were written to benefit the party and its grasp on power.
2016 appears to be the year the American voter fully realizes who the electoral process serves.
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