But the state party establishment is firmly behind Cruz. Eight of the delegates (mostly state party members who were selected from a list of names, devoid of any indication of who they were planning on backing, at a single location in a state nearly the size of Kansas) said they were backing him. The rest remained mum but the smart money is that a sizable majority of them go for Cruz.
Erstwhile, Paul Ryan offered this bit of Orwellian war-is-peace, freedom-is-slavery commentary ahead of potential plans to take the presidential nomination for himself:
"When people distrust politics, they come to distrust institutions. They lose faith in their government, and the future too. We can acknowledge this. But we don’t have to accept it. And we cannot enable it either."North Dakota is a template for the future. Both parties are learning, in the age of free media where the traditional gatekeepers can't control the discussion, just how dangerous it is to allow their electorates to have a say in who gets their parties' nominations.
Sanders may well end up with more votes than Clinton, and Trump will go into the Republican convention with a leading plurality by a margin of several million votes, yet it's increasingly looking like both, at the behest of each parties' national leadership, will get cut out of their respective nominations.
If either one of them wins, that gives frustrated voters on the other side an opportunity to offer a cutting protest vote. But if they both reject their electorates simultaneously and then mutually agree to never let something like this happen again, the problem of representation is
Secession, nullification, poolside. Withdraw consent to and support for the system in whatever way you're able to.