GOP Launches Convention Rules Website


New website launched Thursday explains the rules of the GOP nomination process – and what happens in the event of an “open convention”.  

[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In the event of a contested, or “open” convention, “delegates – empowered and selected by the grassroots – will elect the nominee for our Party.”[/pullquote] is a tool for voters to learn about convention delegates, rules, and how the overall process works in a simple, easy to understand format,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner. “Conventions are democracy in action and our Party’s gathering in Cleveland will be an exciting, transparent, and fair process.”

In explaining what happens in the voting process, the website explains that every delegate has only one vote and a majority of delegates will be “bound” to vote for a certain candidate on the first ballot.

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“If a candidate receives 1,237 delegates or more on the first round of voting, he or she wins the nomination. If no candidate reaches a majority, rounds of voting will occur until a candidate does.   All candidates may continue to be considered by the convention until a majority is achieved. No one is required to remove their name from consideration, regardless of how many delegates they received in the previous round of voting.”

Indicating the GOP is expecting a battle, the website goes on to explain what happens in an “Open Convention.”

“An open convention only occurs if a candidate fails to secure a majority of bound delegates during the primary and caucus process and is unable to win enough unbound delegates to obtain 1,237 delegate votes.

If that is the case, we will have an open and transparent convention where delegates – empowered and selected by the grassroots – will elect the nominee for our Party.”

The outcome may be determined by WHICH grassroots organization selected those delegates – and where their loyalties truly lie.


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