It was last August when officials with the Republican Party in Colorado decided they would NOT let voters take part in the early nomination process. Voters did vote on March 1st by means of caucus, but their votes would not be used by delegates in their decision for a candidate.
The Denver Post reported Aug. 25: “The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the caucus vote.”
“It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season, Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman, told the paper.
“GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus.
Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders.
Simply: Colorado GOP decided who won the primary Presidential election without any voters votes. Which open the door for bribery and favoritism.
Here is a Colorado republican voter reaction over what happen in Colorado.