The loosely-formed group of volunteers who backed the term limits effort found their time preoccupied by a contentious primary between Trump and Cruz supporters.

(Sen. Chris ) McDaniel, who was also Mississippi director of the Cruz campaign, told The Associated Press on Monday that people gathering signatures for the term limits initiative “ended up on slightly opposing teams” in the Republican presidential primary and the initiative fell to a backburner.

“As we moved to presidential primary season, it became apparent that our base of volunteers was split between the Trump campaign and the Cruz campaign,” McDaniel said.

The initiative’s sponsor was Keith Plunkett of Flora, a political consultant who has worked with McDaniel. Plunkett estimated Monday that volunteers collected 30,000 to 40,000 signatures.

“We deal with folks who are just everyday working-class folks,” Plunkett told AP in a separate interview. “Their volunteer time got focused on presidential politics.”



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