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Could GOP have a brokered national convention?

Kansas GOP executive director Clayton Barker said that GOP presidential campaign officials are working under the assumption that no one will have a majority of delegates going into the national convention. “They call and go down our rules very carefully,” Barker told the Lawrence Journal-World. “They even ask who the county chairs are.” If no candidate receives a majority of delegates in the first vote at the convention, the selection process goes into a “brokering” phase in which delegates, depending on their state rules, are no longer bound to support the candidate chosen by their state’s primary or caucus. The last time a major party had a brokered convention was the 1968 Democratic National Convention. – Phillip Brownlee