Priebus disregards idea of contested convention but doesn’t rule it out completely.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus disregarded the idea of handing the GOP presidential nomination over to an establishment candidate via a brokered/contested convention according to a report from The Hill published on 3/4.
“I think the odds of a contested convention are very small. I’ve been saying that for a long time,” he said in a Friday interview with Sean Hannity at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“It’s a strategy people can use, but look, I would suggest that it’s better to win races and accumulate delegates.”
It’s worth noting that Priebus never ruled out the idea completely thereby giving himself plausible deniability if it happens.
He also said there would be an “85 or 90 percent” chance that the winning candidate will garner enough delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention begins.
The RNC chairman continued:
“A lot of this is early talk. There are 1,237 delegates needed to be the nominee of our party. There are 1,744 delegates left to be distributed. We have a long way to go, everyone’s talking about Ohio and Florida, but between now and that day, 14.5 percent of the delegates are left to be distributed.”
Rumors of a rigged nomination have been intensifying as GOP frontrunner Donald Trump continues to build momentum heading into the RNC convention. Some believe the Republican establishment will resort to stealing the nomination away from the billionaire mogul if he doesn’t accumulate at least 50% of the delegates needed to win.
Trump insider Roger Stone recently started a movement entitled “Stop The Steal” in order to stymie efforts to rig the primary process and circumvent the will of the American people.
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