There’s been a lot of talk about what will happen if Donald Trump fails to secure the 1,237 delegates needed for a simple majority by the Republican National Convention in July. However, according to RNC Rules Committee member Randy Evans, if Trump wins anything more than 1,100 delegates, he’ll capture the nomination:
“If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee even though he may not have 1,237,” Evans said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
However, less than 1,000 delegates will spell trouble for Trump:
“If he gets less than 1,000 delegates, then I think we’re looking at a contested convention that could go on for many, many days,” Evans said.
“And then in the middle, there’s that grey area between 1,000 and 1,100, and that’s where the unbound delegates or the delegates that have been released by other candidates come into play to see if there are enough of those to get either Cruz or Trump over the finish line,” he added.
As of this week, Trump has 743 delegates to Ted Cruz’s 545. Breitbart estimates that Trump will finish the primary season with 1,164 delegates.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) April 13, 2016