With the ever increasing chances of a contested GOP convention occurring at the end of the Republican presidential primary race, noted Republicans are being asked who they believe may become the Republican nominee. The likelihood of a contested convention increased Tuesday night when Sen. Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich in the Wisconsin primary. But it’s a Wisconsin lawmaker, Speaker Paul Ryan, who has powerful Republicans making bold predictions that he will receive the nomination.
The current delegate count is Trump 743, Cruz 517, and Kasich 143, all short of the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination. While it’s still possible for Trump to obtain all 1,237 necessary to be the stand-alone candidate, Cruz’s possible wins going forward, especially after a big win in Wisconsin, could jeopardize Trump’s chances to win the Republican nomination outright.
Charles Koch is telling friends he wants Speaker Paul Ryan to prevail as GOP nominee at contested conventionhttps://t.co/jTUbhUSFap
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) April 5, 2016
If a contested convention occurs at the GOP convention, a first-ballot vote will be taken with all the delegates counted. If Trump is not the nominee, the second-ballot vote will occur, and that’s when Ryan may be nominated. “He’s the most conservative, least establishment member of the establishment,” an unnamed Republican source told Politico adding, “That’s what you need to be.”
RYAN WAITS FOR ARMAGEDDON https://t.co/FWJjyX0Z1X
— Italians For Trump (@Italians4Trump) April 3, 2016
Politico’s Mike Allen described how Ryan became the Speaker of the House writing, “Ryan, who’s more calculating and ambitious than he lets on, is running the same playbook he did to become speaker: saying he doesn’t want it, that it won’t happen. In both cases, the maximum leverage is to not want it — and to be begged to do it.”
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Ryan reiterated his lack of interest in the Republican nomination for president in an interview Monday, while he was visiting Israeli lawmakers, Politico reported. But a humble lack of interest in the nomination is not enough to prevent Ryan from being nominated at a contested GOP convention, Allen claims. If that happens, Ryan would be forced to accept or reject the nomination.
Politico reported that the unnamed source sees a 60 percent chance the GOP convention will be contested, with a 90 percent chance Ryan will be nominated as a result, leaving a 54 percent chance that Ryan, who will serve as the convention’s July chairman, will leave the convention as the Republican nomination for president.