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All delegates are typically contacted by candidates other than the candidate whose campaign selected them, and asked to commit that, if their candidate isnt selected on the first ballot, or the second ballot, they will vote for candidate x on subsequent ballots.I am personally committed to vote for Senator Cruz for every ballot, no matter how many, so another candidate would be wasting his time trying to get me to commit to vote for him in subsequent ballots.
First of all, it implies something illegal, or at best, nefarious. Secondly, there is no way you can steal delegates.
When people talk about stealing delegates they are displaying their ignorance about how the system works.
Just as Donald Trump displayed his ignorance when he claimed that he should be the candidate because he had more votes than any other candidate, but not a majority. In most states, delegates are selected by the campaign of a candidate.
There are some states, like Colorado, where the delegates go to the convention unbound, and can vote for any candidate on the first ballot.
By the third ballot all delegates are unbound and can vote for any candidate.
What some people refer to as stealing is a practice that has gone on since the formation of the Republican Party in the early 19th Century.
Smart candidates who know the system will try to get delegates to vote for them after the first or second ballots.
Reince Priebus had to call Trump into a special private meeting so he could explain how the delegate system works and what the rules are for the Republican convention. For example, I have been selected to be a delegate for the Cruz campaign in California.
If Ted Cruz wins a majority of votes in my Congressional District, I will go to the convention as a Cruz delegate.
In California, you are committed to vote for the candidate whose campaign selected you for the first two ballots.
After that you are unbound. There are some states where the delegates are only committed to vote for their candidate for the first ballot.