Jim Gilmore misses delegate slot for Cleveland

Former GOP presidential hopeful Jim Gilmore failed this weekend to get elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

The former Virginia governor and attorney general, who ran for president this cycle, said he had been "informally assured" he'd be picked as a delegate. He went as far to call it a "no-brainer," but he was shut out, according to The Washington Post.

Gilmore, who in 2001 served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, said that "strong-arm tactics" at Virginia's state convention over the weekend forced him out.


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Another 33 delegates will be picked at district conventions, and three are top party officials. The full 49 delegates from Virginia headed to the national committee are unbound on the second ballot.

Gilmore called the push for Cruz support "a very ruthless display," according to the Post.

Cruz's ground game in states has allowed the campaign to get his own supporters elected to delegate slots, an attempt to position himself to claim the party's nod if Trump cannot secure the nomination on the first ballot.

Gilmore, who suspended his campaign in February after hovering around 1 percent in the polls, hasn't endorsed anyone and says he's still planning to attend the convention in July.

“Technically, I’m still a candidate for president," Gilmore said. He's previously said he doesn't expect to have his name put forward if the party's convention is contested.