UNITED STATES—I will admit this has been an exciting year in politics. It seems the race for The White House always finds a way to spark dialogue. The biggest news story of the year has been business man Donald Trump’s political prowess. However, an even bigger story is what might transpire during the Republican Convention this summer.
With only three Republican candidates still vying for their spot to represent the party in the November 2016 election, the fight to obtain as many delegates as possible to secure the nomination is hotly contested. Trump is still ahead not only in the polls, but also with his number of delegates.
Behind him lies Ted Cruz and in third place is John Kasich. Kasich is an interesting candidate because he has so far only nabbed the state of Ohio, but it was a win big enough to have a detrimental impact on Cruz and Trump. Those two are literally fighting for delegates in each contest, with Kasich being a thorn to both candidates. So many of you might be asking, just why is all this important. Well, a total of 1237 delegates are needed to secure the nomination from the Republican Party.
This is the magic number, if no candidate reaches this number, then the Republican Convention, which has been known more as a celebration of the candidate who has already been chosen, could turn into a battle where Cruz, Trump and Kasich could all cause a rift in the party where the potential frontrunner could lose out and another candidate secures the nomination. Yes, it’s quite an interesting development, and to be honest, I would love to see this happen. We talk so much about how politics is uninteresting, but 2016 could be a historic moment for Americans. Such an event has never transpired in history so this would be a first and it would be epic to say the least.
We could be looking at a brokered convention. Yes, it’s a big word, but simply saying voting will take place yet again. This time the first ballot would see all the delegates must vote for the candidate who won their support on the day of their state’s primary or caucus. Now, things get tricky after the first ballot, because on the second ballot more than 50 percent of the delegates can chose to vote for whoever he or she chooses. If a third ballot occurs then the number of delegates allowed to select the candidate of their choice jumps to 85 percent.
So what does this mean America? It means a united party could have a massive fracture, which means the candidate who may have the popular vote with Americans, could be ousted and someone else could clinch the nomination based on a game of politics. Hmm, I think this would be interesting to see how this transpires, but it may not be popular with Americans.
I mean this is a democracy and if the people voted for a candidate that maybe a specific party isn’t too fond of, heck, the party has to get in gear. You’d be virtually telling Americans that their vote doesn’t matter, when we all know that is not the case. Every vote matters, but a brokered convention could heighten that all important question to the forefront, that could have ripple effects in our county and the political arena. I wonder could we see the same thing possibly happen at the Democratic Convention as well. I mean, it’s a definitive possibility. People are voting in wild ways and even more crucial is the revelation that this is still anyone’s race!
We have clear front-runners for both the Republican and Democratic parties, but surprises tend to happen all the time in the game of politics. Someone on top today could be on the bottom tomorrow. Say or do the wrong thing, and with the snap of a finger you could be out of the race.
I’ve rarely watched the conventions for either party, but for some reason 2016 is turning into a year where I’m certain I’ll be glued to the TV screen to see how things transpire, especially at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio in a few months. We could see delegates voting on top of voting to see who wins the nomination, so it soon becomes a popularity contest.
Those who woo just right could earn a nomination that they may not have had if the brokered convention never took place. In essence, the game of politics could prove to come front and center July 2016. Looks like history could be in the making, not only at the Republican Convention, but the Democratic Convention as well!