Whenever I hear Republicans wax on about the possibility of nominating someone other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz — talking up John Kasich, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Mitt Romney, or some other less polarizing figure — it makes me wonder: Exactly how would that happen? We all have memorized two numbers. The first is 1,237, the number of delegates needed to win a majority at the GOP convention. The second is 40, as in Rule 40, requiring that a candidate win primaries or caucuses in eight states to have his name placed in nomination. (It was added to the party rules in 2012, pushed by allies of Mitt Romney to stifle Ron Paul.)
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