Presidential hopeful Donald Trump may have just made a major unforced error during this week’s town hall discussion on CNN that could end up costing him dozens of delegates that he already won.
According to a report from TIME magazine:
When asked about if he still would pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee during a town hall Tuesday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump said “No. I don’t anymore,” adding that he has been “treated very unfairly.”
Due to that statement, Trump may end up losing his South Carolina delegates. South Carolina requires all GOP candidates to support the eventual nominee as part of the process of appearing on the ballot and being allocated delegates.
The South Carolina Republican party may now be free to reallocate those delegates based on Trump’s comments.
“Breaking South Carolina’s presidential primary ballot pledge raises some unanswered legal questions that no one person can answer,” South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore told TIME. “However, a court or national convention Committee on Contests could resolve them. It could put delegates in jeopardy.”
Trump wo all 50 of South Carolina’s delegates with with only 32.5% of the vote. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz both secured just over 22% of the vote each.
It’s looking more and more like the race for the GOP nomination will be going to the convention, so each candidate is trying to hang on to each and every delegate they can.