Is it possible that one of the three remaining GOP candidates may not get the nomination? Well, sort of. In an election year that has defied political physics, an open convention is not out of the question as the delegate hunt continues.
If no candidate amasses 1,237 delegates during the GOP contests, the nominee would be selected in July by the convention delegates. As the rules stand, a majority of the delegates are bound on the first ballot by the results of their state’s nominating contest. However, after the first ballot has been cast, a complete free-for-all could happen. At that point, many delegates become free agents (depends on the individual rules of the state) and can vote how they want.
Yet what some are now discussing is the possibility of GOP delegates on the rules committee; they could create and amend rules prior to the convention that would allow for delegates to be completely unbound to their specific candidate and to vote for anyone their candidate suggests. In this scenario, someone who hasn’t won a single state or any delegates could cut a deal with a remaining candidate and ask for their delegates to support them instead.
Among the names being floated: Gov. Mitt Romney, Gov. Scott Walker, and House Speaker Paul Ryan.