Assessing the Prospects for a Brokered Convention
When Ted Cruz and John Kasich finally suspended their campaigns for the Republican nomination in May of 2016, Donald Trump had collected 40.2% of primary votes. This total fell well short of a majority and represented the fourth-lowest total of any nominee in the modern era at the time they clinched the nomination. Yet, Trump managed to play his plurality of the votes into nearly 70% of delegates at the Republican convention in Cleveland that summer.
This outsized support was the result of the GOP’s “winner-take-all” structure for some of its primaries. For example, Trump received all of…
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