Date
24 July 2017
Donald Trump has warned of "riots" if he is denied the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Photo: AFP
Donald Trump has warned of "riots" if he is denied the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Photo: AFP

Contested convention looms for US Republican Party

Speaker Paul Ryan of the US House of Representatives said it is increasingly likely that the Republican Party’s presidential nominating convention this summer will be a contested one, Reuters reports.

If no candidate can assemble 1,237 Republican delegates by July, the party’s presidential nominee for the November election will be chosen by convention delegates in Cleveland, Ohio, in what could be four days of political drama, carried live on national television.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump warned on Wednesday of “riots” if he is denied the party’s presidential nomination, after he scored big wins in primaries in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina on Tuesday.

Ryan denounced Trump’s “riots” comment, saying it was unacceptable to even hint at violence.

The Guardian said it is improbable that any other Republican can beat Trump before July.

It is mathematically impossible for Ohio governor John Kasich to reach the 1,237 delegate target (he now has 143), while Texas senator Ted Cruz – who has 411 – faces an uphill battle that would have to culminate in the Texas senator winning at least 55 percent of the vote in California’s June primary to just barely clinch the GOP nomination.

Trump has 673 delegates. However, the newspaper said, it’s quite likely that no one, including him, will reach the magic number.

The bombastic billionaire is on pace to finish about 80 delegates short if current trends hold up, it said.

That means, unless Trump is able to attract a significant number of unbound delegates – those who previously supported other candidates or who were elected without pledging to support a candidate – the Republican convention will start without a presumptive nominee.

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