Published March 5, 2016 by Richard Rainey (NOLA.com)
Despite some national Republican Party leaders begging their faithful not to support Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner continued his hot streak Saturday (March 5) by winning the Louisiana presidential primary.
The Associated Press projected Trump the winner almost a half hour after the polls closed.
The real estate mogul’s meteoric and improbable rise has baffled pundits and set off a surge of soul-searching within the GOP. Trump’s penchant for vulgarity and his controversial immigration policies have incensed some party leaders enough to attempt to derail his bid for the nomination.
But Trump’s victory in Louisiana Saturday could put that goal even farther out of reach.
How many of Louisiana’s 46 delegates will be pledged to Trump or his major rivals, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, at the national convention in Cleveland this summer will depend on a state party formula. No at-large delegates will be awarded to candidates who didn’t capture at least 20 percent of the vote.
Cruz , who campaigned in Mandeville on Friday, finished second behind Trump, furthering his argument that he is best positioned to overtake Trump or force a brokered convention in Cleveland.
Trump’s rally in a hangar at Lakefront Airport the night before the polls opened encapsulated the feelings of anger and frustration among mostly white, working- and middle-class voters who have flocked to the billionaire businessman. His hour-long speech was punctuated several times by protesters accusing Trump and his followers of xenophobia and racism.Follow @FortySixNews