The US Virgin Islands Delegate Fight Could Spill Over Into Republican Convention

What began as a routine meeting between U.S. Virgin Islands GOP members last weekend in St. Croix erupted into apparent violence when an elected delegate to the Republican National Convention and a local Republican operative claimed they were each assaulted by the other. A group that would normally fly under the radar — the USVI GOP — has been thrust into the political spotlight, as a slate of nine unbound delegates could ultimately help swing the Republican presidential nomination. The Virgin Islands, with under 3,000 registered Republicans who are ineligible to vote in the presidential election, will send to Cleveland nine of the at least 136 total “unbound” delegates who are free to vote for anyone they wish on the first ballot.

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