Last week, RNC Rules Committee member Randy Evans said, “If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee even though he may not have 1,237.” However, RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer pushed back against that statement on Monday; if Trump wants the nomination, he will need to win 1,237 delegates:
RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer told MSNBC that no candidate should be handed the nomination if they do not garner the requisite number of delegates, saying “close” doesn’t cut it and that “it’s not horseshoes.” Spicer was reacting to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll which showed that 62 percent of GOP primary voters believe the nominee should be the candidate with the most votes rather than the “best party standard-bearer.”
“A majority of delegates decide the nominee. A majority of delegates will decide the rules, they’ll decide the platform. That’s how it works. It’s not horseshoes,” Spicer told host Andrea Mitchell. “You don’t get to get close, you have to get a majority, you have to get 1,237 [delegates] to become the nominee of our party.”
This is something that shouldn’t have been up for debate in the first place. The rules are that a simple majority is needed, period. It doesn’t mean that Trump won’t be the nominee; it just means that the vote will likely go to a second ballot, as it should without a majority.