Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wagered Friday that there was a 10-15 percent chance of a brokered convention, after former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney urged voters to keep Donald Trump from earning a majority of delegates.
Priebus took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Fox News host Sean Hannity offered up the hypothetical that “candidate A,” named so as to not “get people all worked up,” received the popular vote but did not receive the nomination.
“What are the odds that that won’t happen?” Hannity asked Priebus.
“I don’t know, 85, 90 percent?” he guessed.
Hannity brought up Romney’s Thursday speech to a mix of claps and boos from the crowd. He said that he was not happy with the speech and argued Romney’s plan to keep the Republican presidential frontrunner from amassing delegates would not be good for the GOP. He then asked Priebus if a brokered convention was in the future for the Republican Party or if “the people would decide.”
“There’s no way that the people are not going to decide. There’s no way that the delegates are not going to decide,” Priebus said.
Priebus explained to the crowd that there were still delegates left up for grabs and that the odds of a contested convention were “very small.”
“If it were to happen, we’re obviously in territory that our party hasn’t seen,” he said.