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A brokered convention is a situation in United States politics in which there are not enough delegates 'won' during the presidential primary and caucus elections for a single candidate to have a pre-existing majority, during the first official vote for a political party's presidential-candidate at its nominating convention.
Once the first ballot, or vote, has occurred, and no candidate has a majority of the delegates' votes, the convention is then considered brokered; thereafter, the nomination is decided through a process of alternating political horse-trading, and additional re-votes. In this circumstance, all regular delegates (who, previously, were pledged to the candidate who had won their respective state's primary or caucus election) are "released," and are able to switch their allegiance to a different candidate before the next round of balloting. It is hoped that this 'freedom' will result in a re-vote resulting in a clear majority of delegates for one candidate.
Yes, but do YOU think this is a possibility?
If they can defraud an election it would be naive to think they couldn't/wouldn't defraud something this uncommon.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
If Santorum, Newt and Paul stay in the race till the convention, nobody will get a majority. Which will mean brokered convention...
We shall see in the coming week if Newt drops off and endorse Santorum or Romney to avoid a convention down the line which would give Paul a chance, which they don't want at any cost.
Overall, I think the chances of a brokered convention is something like 10%... it all depends if Newt/Santorum/Romney/Paul stay in the race till the end.