From a Fox News article today, "House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday it’s looking “more likely” the Republican Party will face an open convention in July – meaning, a floor fight to pick a nominee – and that Donald Trump and the party might want to accept that “reality.”
Ryan discussed the possibility with reporters as he noted he’s the chairman of the convention and will have to “bone up on all the rules.” He openly acknowledged that – even as Trump puts away another round of primary victories – a convention where no candidate has reached the necessary 1,237 delegates could actually happen this year."
So if no candidate reaches the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nom, then in an open/brokered convention, "Under Rule 40b of the Republican National Convention rules, a candidate must have the support of a majority of the delegates of at least eight states in order to get the nomination. Rule 40e then states that if no candidate has received the majority of votes, "the chairman of the convention shall direct the roll of the states be called again and shall repeat the calling of the roll until a candidate shall have received a majority of the votes."
DH said that Paul Ryan spoke on this as a way to hopefully get Cruz and Kasich to stick it out in the race. If they drop out, then by process of elimination, Trump has to be the nom. But, if they stay in and it does head to an open convention, then the delegates who voted for other candidates in prior primaries would get to recast their votes.
So, even if you don't love Kasich or Cruz, and you know people who haven't had their primaries yet, still encourage them to vote for either of those guys (if they don't like Trump) because positive results for them would keep them in the race and thus, we would get ever closer to an open convention.
For people like me who dislike Trump, this is very appealing. U.S. history has seen these conventions for both parties over time, yet I also feel like it is somewhat not fair to the people who did already vote in the early voting states and their delegates already voted too. But, I suppose if there is no clear majority winner for the 1,237 delegates, then this is the best thing.
Right? Wrong? Indifferent?