|Donald Trump and Ted Cruz|
Fights in the credentials committees of national conventions over the sitting of delegations takes place even in calmer years, but this promises to be a very interesting fight that could go to convention whether or not Trump gets the 1,237 majority he needs to avoid a second ballot.
Unfortunately for the Republican National Chairman, opinion among Republican voters is not inclined to offer much maneuver room.
The results of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of Republican primary voters are:
- Republican voters believe the results of participation in the primary events should decide the nomination, not the delegates on the convention floor.
- 71% say convention can’t select someone outside the ranks of candidates who ran (no White Knight; i.e., Tim Ryan)
- 62% say give nomination to candidate who got most votes in primaries; 54% say if Trump ahead, give it to him.
- 45% if denied, Trump should run as independent; 47% that’s unacceptable (WSJ/NBC News, 301 Republican primary voters).