(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Friday, former President Donald Trump along with two other 2024 Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Tim Scott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the California GOP’s Fall 2023 Convention. Presidential candidate and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy is also scheduled to speak at the convention a day later.
This was the largest Republican convention in history, but behind the scenes, the change in the state party rules has led to Trump’s and DeSantis’ allies battling over winning the state. The change could potentially allow Trump to win all 169 delegates during the California primary on March 5.
Trump has continued to be at the forefront of the Republican presidential race for months. As a result, he has chosen to skip the two first Republican primary debates. However, while avoiding the second debate which took place in California on Wednesday, he did appear in the convention which is known to attract the attention of the state’s leaders and prospective delegates.
While California is normally dominated by the Democrats and is not one of the states that Republican nominees place much attention to, the state’s GOP could still be important in the Republican nomination race.
Former Virginia attorney General and Trump administration Homeland Security deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli, who is the founder of super PAC Never Back Down which supports DeSantis’s presidential race, stated that Trump’s team attended the convention just so they would “rig the rules in their favor.”
Similarly, the super PAC’s spokesperson Erin Perrine argued that the change of rules in the state was a “Trump-inspired rigging.”
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