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Mar292016

Trump Aide: Campaign Will Contest Louisiana Delegate Count

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump aide Barry Bennett says the Trump campaign will contest the seating of Louisiana delegates to the Republican convention.  

“The problem is that there was a secret meeting in Louisiana of the convention delegation and apparently, all the invitations for our delegates must have gotten lost in the mail,” Bennett told MSNBC Monday.

Despite winning the statewide vote in Louisiana, Trump is currently tied with Ted Cruz in pledged delegates in the state, 18-18. The other 10 delegates -- including five who were previously estimated for Marco Rubio -- are unbound.

“And there's a process to deal with this. It's in the certification process,” Bennett said. “And I've been with our legal team most of the morning now and we are moving forward with the complaint to decertify these delegates.”

The Louisiana GOP convention delegation recently met to elect leadership and their representation on crucial convention panels, where Cruz supporters and uncommitted delegates filled all of the committee slots.

At a rally in Altoona, Wisconsin, Tuesday, Cruz laughed off the threat of a lawsuit from Trump regarding the delegate count.

"Well, you know, I’m always amused when Donald doesn’t know what to do and so threatens lawsuits,” the Texas senator said. “He’s someone who’s used lawsuits his entire career to try to bully people. I think the American people are getting tired of it.”

“He yells and screams, and curses, and attacks people, and threatens lawsuits, and attacks their wives, and attacks their families, it’s all a bunch of noise,” he added.

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