The Republican primary season may go into overtime! If Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or any other politician doesn’t win a majority of delegates, the GOP will have a ‘brokered convention.’ If that happens, here are 5 things to know about how the Republicans will pick a presidential candidate!
Even after all 50 states have voted, the GOP might not have a candidate for the 2016 Presidential election! If voters can’t pick between Donald Trump, 69, Ted Cruz, 45 or others, they’ll have a “contested” (or “brokered”) convention. If you have no idea what that is, get to know what’s in store for the Republican Party.
A Brokered Convention happens when voters can’t make up their minds
It’s like getting a group of your friends to pick pizza toppings, but only with politicians. And that pizza is America. A candidate must win 1,237 of the 2,472 GOP delegates to win the party’s nomination, according to USA Today. Going into the March 15 primaries, Donald has 469, Ted has 370, Marco Rubio, 44, has 163 delegates and John Kasich, 63, has 63 delegates. If someone doesn’t score a majority by June 7, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18 will be a “contested” or “brokered” event.
A contested convention starts off by making a huge mess.
The term “delegates” isn’t a fancy word for “points.” These are people who will attend the GOP’s “political pep rally,” per Yahoo, and pledge their support for a candidate. The RNC made the rule that for the first vote, delegates must support the candidate their state picked. If the first vote doesn’t yield a majority for a candidate, all bets are off.
After things fall apart, candidates start making deals.
During the second vote, the delegates can pick whomever they please. A delegate forced to vote for Trump in the first round might remember all the repulsive things he’s said and change her mind to pick Ted Cruz. During this time, party leaders try to convince delegates to change sides by making deals, thus turning it into a “brokered convention.”
Even when it goes bonkers, there are still some rules.
Georgia and Maryland bind their delegates through two ballots, according to the Wall Street Journal, unless that candidate receives less than 35% on the first ballot. Florida’s 99 delegates, up for grabs during March 15, are bound to the winner through three rounds of voting. However, while 14 of Pennsylvania’s delegates are committed to the winner, the state’s 54 congressional district delegates are free to pick whomever they want — even during the first vote!
An unknown person can’t win the nomination at a brokered convention.
A GOP candidate needs eight states in order to qualify for the party’s presidential nomination, according to ABC News. So while John Kasich may win his home state of Ohio, he needs seven more victories if he wants to take the nod at a contested or brokered convention.
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