Rubio opts to keep his 5 Alaskan delegates

In other presidential news, former candidate Marco Rubio, senator from Florida, has asked to keep the five delegates awarded to him during Alaska’s Presidential Preference Poll earlier this month.

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Former 2016 Republican nominee for president, Governor Marco Rubio (Creative commons photo by Gage Skidmore)
Former 2016 Republican nominee for president, Governor Marco Rubio (Creative commons photo by Gage Skidmore)

Rubio sent the letter to Alaska GOP Chairman Peter S. Goldberg, and the request has been granted. The move leaves Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 12 delegates, and New York businessman Donald Trump with 11 delegates.

The letter does not spell out why Rubio wants to retain his delegates. A GOP spokesperson says it is unlikely he’ll re-open his presidential bid. The move could, however, influence the delegate count at the party’s national convention in July.