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Rush Limbaugh: Ted Cruz's Colorado victory "not a trick"

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday defended Ted Cruz's delegate victory in Colorado, which Donald Trump said was the result of a "rigged system."

"What happened in Colorado is, I'm sorry to say, it's not a trick," Limbaugh said on his program. "What happened in Colorado is right out in the open. Everybody's known how Colorado runs its affairs. Everybody has known."

Limbaugh said that Trump's campaign didn't know how the delegate selection process worked in the state, and that the establishment wing of the GOP took advantage of it.

"Now, I can understand how they might feel tricked here. I can understand how they might feel bugabooed because millions of votes, theoretically, are gonna happen that aren't going to count. Hey, welcome to establishment politics," Limbaugh said. "I don't see Ted Cruz lying and cheating his way to the convention."

He then suggested that Trump "has not been working" any delegates who will head to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July who will be unpledged.

On Saturday, Cruz picked up 13 additional delegates in Colorado, winning 34 out of 34 delegates who have has committed to support him at the convention. The state also has three additional unpledged delegates, which are the national commiteeman, national committeewoman and chairman of the state party.

Trump accused Cruz on Sunday of offering "goodies" to win delegates.

The state will send a total of 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention this July and unlike most states, their selection is not the result of a regular primary or caucuses.

Colorado opted not to hold caucuses, and as a result, the delegates were selected through a series of county elections and a state convention that that the state held over the last week or so.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.