Unbound Delegates Could Lead to GOP Choosing Their Own Presidential Nominee

Unbound Delegates Could Lead to GOP Choosing Their Own Presidential Nominee

Republican Party officials have a sinister, anti-democratic plan to make sure Donald Trump or Ted Cruz don’t become the next President of the United States.

American citizens are not being told that officially, they don’t really choose their presidential nominees in party primaries – political parties do.

“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries and caucuses are held, CNBC reports.

Haugland is one of 112 Republican delegates who are not required to cast their support for any one candidate because their states and territories don’t hold primaries or caucuses.

Even with Trump’s huge projected delegate haul in four state primaries Tuesday, the odds are increasing the billionaire businessman may not ultimately get the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the GOP nomination before the convention.

This could lead to a brokered convention, in which unbound delegates, like Haugland, could play a significant swing role on the first ballot to choose a nominee. 

But if you think just because your state had a primary or a caucus that your delegates are bound to the results, you’d be misinformed.

At a contested convention, if nobody gets a majority after the first vote and subsequent ballots are needed, then virtually all of the delegates get to decide amongst themselves who wins and you don’t get a say in the matter.

Gary Emineth, another unbound delegate from North Dakota, explains, “It could introduce Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, or it could be the other candidates that have already been in the race and are now out of the race [such as] Mike Huckabee [or] Rick Santorum. All those people could eventually become candidates on the floor.”

Democrats experienced the last true brokered presidential convention to go beyond the first ballot in 1952. Republicans came close at their 1976 convention.

Emineth, who was also a former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, told “Squawk Box” in the same interview that he’s concerned about party officials pulling “some shenanigan.”

“You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee,” he warned. “[That] could totally change everything, and mess things up with the delegates. And people across the country will be very frustrated.”

If the GOP does pick a separate nominee, Trump has not ruled out the possibility that he would then run Independent, which could cause the Republican votes to split in half — causing the Democratic nominee to win the presidential race.

H/T: The Federalist Papers

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