There is a lot of talk about the GOP having a “brokered” convention in the event that none of the three remaining candidates have enough delegates in time for the GOP convention in Cleveland.
Here’s how that would actually work.
A brokered nomination, or one in which delegates would select the Republicans’ 2016 nominee through a vote on the convention floor in Cleveland, would ensue only if the leading GOP candidate failed to win a simple majority of 2,472 delegates by the time the final state primary contests complete in June of next year.
The term “brokered” is used because, under certain rules and depending on the state, convention delegates are free to support any Republican candidate of their choice placed in nomination at the convention, and whom they vote for be be the result of much negotiation and horse trading that possibly involves a deal over who to nominate for vice president.
In the event of a brokered convention, delegates would be bound to the candidate that won their state on the first ballot. There are a select number of “unbound” delegates that are free to support the candidate of their choice whether or not he or she won their state. Depending on where the delegate count stood, it’s possible that unbound delegates could swing the nomination to one of the contenders on the first ballot.
If not, delegates would vote again; they vote as many times as it takes to crown a nominee. Depending on the rules governing delegates as determined by the Republican Party of each state, the second ballot would be the first ballot in which an entire state’s delegate slate is released from supporting the candidate that won their state and allowed to back another candidate.
So fairly easy to understand….sort of.
Basically, whoever gets the most delegate votes, wins.
Here’s a video explaining how it works:
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