Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has swept the remaining GOP delegates at stake in Wyoming, bringing to 23 his total haul from the state.
Cruz had already won 9 out of 12 delegates that were up for grabs in county conventions last month across the state. Cruz secured the final 14 at the state GOP convention Saturday in Casper.
Wyoming appeared to be another place where Cruz out-organized frontrunner Donald Trump, whose campaign is going through a transition with an eye on a possible contested convention. While his two GOP rivals had sent surrogates to address the convention, Cruz showed up in person to make his case.
"Let me tell you, the state of Wyoming right now, the entire country, its eyes are on this state, on the people here. And the people here have an opportunity," he said. "We've got a slate of delegates who are committed to supporting me in Cleveland. We're in all likelihood going to have a battle in Cleveland to determine who the nominee is."
"I want to ask each and every one of you, if you don't want to see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don't want to hand the general election to Hillary Clinton, which is what a Trump nomination does, then I ask you to please support the men and women on this slate," he added.
Cruz had expected to do well Saturday, predicting earlier this week the convention would be his next triumph over Trump in the delegate chase. "I believe on Saturday it is likely that we will have had a 12th victory," Cruz said Wednesday in Pennsylvania.
Cruz's gains in Wyoming come a week after he completed a sweep of all 34 delegates up for grabs in Colorado. The Republican race, however, turns to less friendly territory Tuesday, when Trump is heavily favored to win the primary in his home state of New York.