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Donald Trump’s Convention Nightmare

April 1, 2016

I still contend that for the sake of the 2016 presidential election and for all the other Republican candidates on the ballot along with the long-term needs and image of the GOP that Donald Trump will not be the nominee.

The ouster of trump, I strongly suspect, will take place at the national convention.  Yes, it will be loud and messy and chaotic.  The GOP will not prevail in the fall with such an upheaval.  But the party knows they will not only lose with Trump in 2016 but damage their party in ways it may never be able to recover from.  It is that last point that makes a convention fight almost a certainty.

If Trump heads into the convention without the magic number of 1,237, already more than a hundred delegates are poised to break with him on a second ballot, according to interviews with dozens of delegates, delegate candidates, operatives and party leaders.  

In one of starkest examples of Trump’s lack of support, out of the 168 Republican National Committee members — each of whom doubles as a convention delegate — only one publicly supports Trump, and she knows of only a handful of others who support him privately.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz has been whipping Trump in the quiet, early race to elect his own loyalists to become delegates to the convention, meaning that the Texas senator could triumph through delegates who are freed to vote their own preferences on a second ballot, regardless of who won their state.

“As far as the stealing of the Trump nomination, that’s a big concern for everybody,” said Diana Orrock, the RNC committeewoman from Nevada and the only one of 112 committeemen and women who openly supports Trump. None of the nation’s 56 state and territory GOP chairmen, also convention delegates, have endorsed Trump either. They are subjected to a mix of state-based rules as far as their obligation to back Trump on the first vote.

The risk of a routing at a contested convention is becoming more acute because of Trump’s uncertain standing going into Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday. Two polls this week showed Cruz 10 points ahead of Trump in the state.  

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