By Fred Maxwell. Should front-runner Donald Trump fail to obtain the necessary 1,237 delegates to clinch its nomination, the Republican Party may have a contested convention.
According to a poll released Wednesday by Monmouth University, 54 percent of those expected to vote Republican believe if a contest convention takes place, Trump should receive the Republican presidential nomination.
When asked if another person should be nominated if Trump failed to garner the delegates needed, 34 percent said yes. When asked who should win the nomination in the event of a contested convention, 33 percent chose Sen. Ted Cruz, while 23 percent went for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Sen. Marco Rubio earned 10 percent of the vote.
If Trump should fall short of the mark by a narrow margin, he has predicted his supporters would riot as well as sit out the election if he is not given the party’s nomination.
However, 43 percent of those polled said that even though they support Trump, they would cast their vote for whoever is the Republican nominee.
Trump has remained in the lead of the majority of preference polls for months, and according to the Monmouth survey, leads the overall Republican field with 41 percent of the support, followed by Cruz at 29 percent and Kasich with 18 percent. (Read more from “Republicans Just Sent Trump This HUGE Message the Establishment Won’t Want You to See” HERE)
John Kasich Rejects a G.O.P. Call to Quit to Block Donald Trump
By Trip Bariel. Republicans desperate to stop Donald J. Trump from capturing the presidential nomination increased the pressure Wednesday on Gov. John Kasich of Ohio to quit the race, with Jeb Bush joining the growing number of party figures throwing their weight behind Senator Ted Cruz.
Mr. Kasich refused, saying that he, not the Texas senator, was the best option to stop Mr. Trump. But his argument was undercut by his dismal showings Tuesday in Utah and Arizona, where he won no delegates — as well as by the surprise endorsement Wednesday morning by Mr. Bush of Mr. Cruz.
Mr. Bush, who dropped out of the presidential race last month, is the latest mainstream Republican — following Mitt Romney and Senator Lindsey Graham — who is ideologically closer to Mr. Kasich, but whose embrace of Mr. Cruz is a strategic calculation that he has a better shot at stopping Mr. Trump. (Read more from “John Kasich Rejects a G.O.P. Call to Quit to Block Donald Trump” HERE)