McConnell: GOP convention will have second ballot

Ahead of Tuesday’s New York primary, one in which GOP front-runner Donald Trump is almost assured to win and increase his delegate lead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expressing confidence the Republican convention will require a second ballot.

“When a nominee gets to 1,237, he will actually be the candidate. If he doesn’t, there will be a second ballot, and about 60 percent of the delegates who are bound on the first ballot will be free to do whatever they want And I’m increasingly optimistic that there actually may be a second ballot,” McConnell told Louisville’s ABC affiliate, WHAS-11.

McConnell delivered the remarks during an interview in Louisville after a week of tumult where Trump repeatedly assailed the GOP as “crooked” for primary losses in Colorado and Wyoming, both of which were won by Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Without mentioning Trump by name, McConnell, who has largely avoided persistent questions about the possibility of a contested convention and Donald Trump, stated:

“I mean, this notion that there’s some group of people in Washington who can hand-pick somebody and deliver it, is not true. If there were such a group, I’d probably be a part of it.”

 

[The Hill] [Photo courtesy CNN]