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A Contested Convention Does Not Mean a Stolen Nomination


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Photo credit: PBS NewsHour via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Jon, I think we need to look up the definition of stolen.

In order for the GOP nomination to be “stolen,” wouldn’t that mean the nomination was Donald Trump’s in the first place?

The delegate math hasn’t changed for Trump; he was expected to win the Northeastern Primaries. Unless he wins Indiana and sweeps California, he’ll fall short.

The nomination is not his unless he secures 1,237 delegates. He needs a majority of delegates. Had he not been so inept a candidate, he could have been actively pushing slates of delegates at the county, district and state convention levels. That has always been part of the process.

The nomination process reflects our founding. We live in a Republic, not a Democracy. Delegates are being voted on — by Republicans (which probably explains why Trump isn’t doing so well).

If Trump secures 1,237 where he can win on the first ballot, this will be a non-issue, but Ted Cruz and John Kasich are not obligated to help him get there.

Looking at the polling and Trump’s unfavorable rating, a Trump nomination will guarantee a President Hillary and possibly mean numerous losses down the ballot as well. I’m willing to risk a competent candidate nominated at convention. Donald Trump is a disaster.

Republicans should nominate an actual Republican.

Shane Vander Hart is the online communications manager for American Principles Project, a frequent contributor to, and the editor of Iowa-based

Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart, an Iowa native, is the online communications manager for the American Principles Project and a frequent contributor to Shane is also the Editor-in-Chief for, a popular Christian conservative blog.

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