Republican front-runner Donald Trump blasted Colorado’s GOP leadership late Monday, calling the way the state divvied up its delegates a “dirty system.”
At a campaign rally in Albany, N.Y., the real estate mogul told the crowd “there’s been so much pressure – like in Colorado, which was a total fix. There’s so much - the people all wanted to vote. They took away their votes.”
Over a series of several days, Colorado Republicans picked delegates on the congressional and statewide level for the national convention in Cleveland. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz swept the state, winning all delegates for the national convention.
“They took away their vote and they gave it to these delegates,” Trump said. “I think it’s going to come back to haunt them because people aren’t going take it anymore. We’re not going to take it anymore. It’s a corrupt system. It’s a totally corrupt, rigged system.”
In a tweet, Cruz said “65K Coloradans voted--they just voted against Trump. That's 11 elections in a row we've won. #WhiningIsntWinning".
Trump and Cruz have also battled in Louisiana for control over GOP delegates.
In the state’s early March primary, Trump won the popular vote by three percent but the close result gave both candidates the same amount of delegates.
“I end up winning Louisiana and then when everything is done, I find out I get less delegates, than this guy that got his ass kicked”, he said.
As Trump wrapped his remarks reminding New Yorkers to vote next Tuesday, he tied in the controversy in Colorado.
“You’re going to go out and vote … well we found out in Colorado it's not a democracy like we thought and were not going to have a rigged election [here]," he said.
Fox News' Christopher Snyder contributed to this report