Chapman pledges as Cruz delegate to Republican convention

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Ted Cruz photo by Gage Skidmore

State Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel) was elected Saturday as a national delegate to the Republican National Convention at the Republican State Convention held in Creston.

“After last week’s election in Wisconsin, it appears no Republican candidate will obtain the necessary delegates to win the party’s nomination outright before Cleveland,” Chapman said. The Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland in July.

With all eyes now on Cleveland, there has been an increased focus on which candidate will acquire the delegates necessary to win on the second ballot.

More than 600 Republicans convened in the Third Congressional District to select delegates who will now go to Cleveland to select the party’s presidential nominee. More than 30 electors vied for the three Third District seats. Chapman and former Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz clinched their nominations on the first ballot.

Sen. Jake Chapman
Sen. Jake Chapman

Former Republican State Central Committee member Wes Enos was elected to fill the third seat for the Third Congressional District. He served as political director for Mike Huckabee’s 2008 caucus campaign and was on Marco Rubio’s Iowa leadership team before this year’s caucuses.

“I am humbled and grateful to all those who ran,” Chapman said, “and for all those who elected me to be their voice in choosing our nominee.”

Chapman served on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s statewide leadership team and announced at the convention that he will support Cruz as the Republican nominee. Statewide, 11 of the 12 delegates elected last weekend pledged their support to Cruz, who won the Iowa Caucuses in February.

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