Lapsed Rubio delegates are up for grabs on convention's first ballot

The Florida senator’s strategy is hitting some turbulence, NBC News has learned, because several state parties have determined Rubio does not get to hold onto all his delegates.

Only 34 of the 172 delegates Rubio won in the primaries will be immediately up for grabs on the first ballot in Cleveland. That development is opening up a fierce competition to win these lapsed Rubio delegates, which are located in Oklahoma, Minnesota and Louisiana.

“Our state rules say if someone is not on the ballot, they are free to vote for whomever they choose,” said Oklahoma GOP chair Pam Pollard, “and I support that.”