Report: Rubio trying to keep his delegates from Trump
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) is lobbying his delegates to back him on the first ballot at the GOP convention in hopes of denying Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE the nomination, a new report says.

The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that Rubio mailed the Alaska Republican Party a letter about keeping delegates he won in its caucuses last month.

“The decision to suspend my campaign for president of the United States is not intended to release any national convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state,” he wrote in the letter, obtained by the Examiner.

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“It is my desire at this time that the delegates allocated to me by your rules remain bound to vote for me on at least the nominating ballot at the national convention.”

Rubio suspended his White House run earlier this month after finishing second in Florida’s GOP presidential primary.

The remaining GOP candidates, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (Ohio), are both trying to prevent front-runner Trump from getting the nomination. Having Rubio keep his delegates together would help efforts to deny Trump the nomination on the first ballot. 

“Of course, he’s no longer a candidate and wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump,” Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos told the Examiner in an email.

Alaska GOP Chairman Peter Goldberg on Monday authorized Rubio’s request to send the letter after consulting with Republican National Committee lawyers.

“We treated the Marco Rubio campaign in the same manner we treated all other campaigns that suspended,” he said in a statement.

If Rubio had not asked his five delegates to back him on the convention's first ballot, Cruz and Trump would have had an equal number of delegates from Alaska. But now, Trump loses three delegates, while Cruz loses two, giving the Texas senator a 13-12 edge in the state.

Overall, Trump leads the remaining Republican presidential field with 736 delegates, according to the latest RealClearPolitics delegate count.

Cruz ranks second with 463 delegates, while Rubio is third with 171 delegates, and Kasich is last with 143 delegates, despite remaining in the race.

At least 1,237 delegates are necessary to secure the GOP presidential mantle at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next summer.