I was just reading about the GOP convention in Maine where Ted Cruz " won" 19 of the 20 delegates as voted by the convention. At the party caucuses March 5th, Cruz won with 45.9% of the vote and was awarded 12 delegates, Trump got 32.6% and 9 delegates, and Kasich, 12.2% and 2 delegates.
So how did Cruz's campaign step over the will of the caucus voters and ignore their votes? It's the rules baby. Delegates are bound supposedly by the results of the caucus on the first ballot at the convention, but not after that. Silly as they are across both parties, in numerous instances, your vote can be meaningless. Every state makes it's own rules and it has allowed candidates, particularly Ted Cruz, to garner more delegates than the popular vote implied.
Some might say it is a "good ground game" by the Cruz camp. Others like Maine Governor Paul LePage call it a campaign run by " greedy political hooligans." “I can’t stand by and watch as Cruz and the Republican establishment forcibly overrule the votes of Mainers who chose Trump and Kasich," said LePage.
The system is badly broken and should be fixed after this election cycle so that when we vote, we can have some degree of confidence that it counts and is meaningful. This should be addressed by both parties at the national level and end the insider tricks and " rules" that allow this to occur.