RNC Launches Website To Prep Public For A Contested Convention

March 31, 2016 10:19 a.m.

The Republican National Committee has launched a website to inform the public about what happens in the event of contested GOP convention, the Washington Examiner reported. The website, ConventionFacts.gop, lists party rules regarding the delegates required for a candidate to be nominated to lead the GOP’s 2016 convention, as well as the process if no candidate initially meets the requirement.

“ConventionFacts.gop is a tool for voters to learn about convention delegates, rules, and how the overall process works in a simple, easy to understand format,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “Conventions are democracy in action and our Party’s gathering in Cleveland will be an exciting, transparent, and fair process.”

The move comes as it looks more likely that July’s Republican National Convention will kick off in Cleveland without a clear GOP nominee — a scenario Donald Trump foes are hoping for as they seek to block his path to the 1,237 delegates required for the nomination.

Trump, meanwhile, has threatened that there will be “riots” if he was denied the nomination after showing up in Cleveland leading his rivals in delegates.

Just a few weeks ago Priebus said the odds that there would not be a brokered convention were “85, 90 percent.” However, the launch of the website suggests the RNC is beginning to prepare for the reality that there could be one.

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