So this will be music to some folks’ ears and a disaster to others, but this morning Republican National Committee member Randy Evans made a stunning prediction about Donald Trump’s chance to win the Republican nomination if he falls short of the required 1,237 delegates.
The Washington Examiner reports Republican National Committee member Randy Evans said Wednesday that Donald Trump would likely be able to secure the Republican nomination if he captures anything more than 1,100 delegates, short of the 1,237 delegates needed for a simple majority.
“If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee even though he may not have 1,237,” Evans said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) April 13, 2016
Evans’ comment is good news for Trump if it’s a sentiment shared by other RNC members, since Trump is at risk of falling short of a majority of delegates by the time of the convention in July. But Evans also warned that if Trump slips much more, the nomination would likely fall to someone else.
“If he gets less than 1,000 delegates, then I think we’re looking at a contested convention that could go on for many, many days,” Evans said.
“And then in the middle, there’s that grey area between 1,000 and 1,100, and that’s where the unbound delegates or the delegates that have been released by other candidates come into play to see if there are enough of those to get either Cruz or Trump over the finish line,” he added.
If the convention goes beyond two votes, it will turn into one heckuva fight. As we’ve reported here, RNC chair Reince Priebus – and even yesterday, Paul Ryan – have been reluctant to rule out anyone other than Cruz or Trump for the nomination. Priebus told Sean Hannity he thought it would be “one of the three currently running” and Paul Ryan went one step further, saying it should be someone who participated in the primary process – which in effect could be Chris Christie or Marco Rubio or Rick Santorum even?
But if Trump continues his momentum and wins New York “big league” (as predicted) he may well pull this off.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]