The Republican presidential nominating fight is far from over, despite the fact that the Republican primaries have already finished and that Donald Trump is the party’s official nominee. There are still some key steps that need to be taken before the fight is officially over.
For starters, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is in the process of determining their presidential candidate. After receiving applications from the various contenders, the RNC is currently reviewing them in order to select the candidate who will represent the party in the general election. Then, the candidate will be formally nominated at the Republican National Convention in July.
At the convention, delegates from all 50 states and several U.S. territories will cast their votes. These delegates are typically party activists and representatives from local GOP organizations, and they are bound to vote for a particular candidate depending on the results of their respective state’s primary. This means that those who voted for Donald Trump in the primary will likely have their say at the convention.
If the delegates are unable to reach a consensus on any of the candidates, then the voting can become so intense that it leads to a brokered convention, where the number of candidates is reduced and a floor vote ultimately determines the final nominee.
Ultimately, the Republican presidential nominating fight is not over until the candidate has been officially chosen at the Republican National Convention. Until then, political parties can still try to influence the outcome of the nomination process. In Trump’s case for example, the RNC has already endorsed his candidacy, but there has been resistance from other Republicans who want to see a different candidate win the nomination. While Trump is the current frontrunner heading into the convention, it’s still uncertain if he will become the party’s official nominee.