“He wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”
Marco Rubio may have suspended his presidential campaign but he’s still having an impact on the Republican primary process. He wants to hold onto his delegates for a contested convention and as usual, it’s all about Trump.
NBC News reports:
Rubio Makes Unprecedented Bid to Keep Delegates for Contested Convention
Despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to keep every delegate he won while running for president.
The unusual move reflects preparations for a contested convention this summer — and comes as Donald Trump backed away from an earlier pledge to support the Republican party’s nominee if he is treated unfairly after winning more delegates than his rivals.
Rubio aide Alex Burgos told MSNBC that while the Florida senator is “no longer a candidate,” he “wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”
When presidential candidates suspend their campaigns, typically their delegates become free to support the candidate of their own choosing at the convention. Rubio, however, has quietly been reaching out to party officials with a different approach.
He is personally asking state parties in 21 states and territories to refrain from releasing any of the 172 delegates he won while campaigning this year, MSNBC has learned.
Rubio sent a signed letter to the Chair of the Alaska Republican Party requesting the five delegates he won in that state “remain bound to vote for me” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
The FOX Business Network covered this story yesterday:
Despite all this drama and maneuvering, RNC chair Reince Priebus doesn’t seem too concerned.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
RNC chair Reince Priebus: ‘Nothing bad is going to happen’
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says the people inside and outside his party who are forecasting an electoral disaster for Republicans will be left “scratching their heads” this fall.
“What is everyone going to say when we steamroll our opponents on the other side of the aisle?” Priebus said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in advance of his home state’s presidential primary in Wisconsin on April 5.
Priebus is grappling with the nastiest, most explosive GOP race for president in memory, the possibility of a contested convention this summer, and the fears of many GOP insiders that the top two Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, would drag the party to defeat in November.
In the interview, Priebus pushed back on those predictions of doom, downplayed the rancor of the race and insisted the political “fundamentals on our side are unbelievably good.”
It’s a good thing someone is optimistic about the situation.
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