In five states from Thursday to Saturday, Donald Trump lost. This is why he has begun whining so much about delegates. He keeps losing. Despite a high profile campaign shakeup, since Wisconsin Trump has been on a downhill trajectory.
From Thursday to Saturday, Trump suffered setbacks in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina and Indiana that raise new doubts about his campaign’s preparedness for the long slog of delegate hunting as the GOP race approaches a possible contested convention. He lost the battle on two fronts. Cruz picked up 28 pledged delegates in Colorado. In the other states, rival campaigns were able to place dozens of their own loyalists in delegate spots pledged to Trump on the first ballot. This will matter if Trump fails to win a majority of delegates on the first ballot in Cleveland, as his delegates defect once party rules allow them to choose the candidate they want to nominate.
Trump’s only bit of mild success came in Michigan where Kasich and Trump delegates shutout Cruz delegates. But everywhere else, Cruz dominated. Colorado is most important because all of its delegates are unbound, but all of them have also committed to Ted Cruz.
Since Marco Rubio dropped out it is worth noting that Cruz leads Trump in delegate wins. After this weekend, that shows no signs of stopping.