DeMint: Mitch Daniels only last-minute candidate ‘who could make it happen’

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In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was chosen as the favorite for the nomination among those rooting for a brokered convention, at 32 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 20 percent each, and Daniels at 15 percent.

All four have said they will not run. Daniels cited his family’s reluctance in announcing he would not make a bid for the White House last year.

A brokered GOP convention would only result if no single candidate can accumulate a majority of delegates before the convention is scheduled to begin on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

Despite many experts and several high-profile Republicans — including the Republican National Committee’s communications director, Sean Spicer — dismissing the likelihood, speculation has persisted that the fluctuating popularity of many GOP candidates and unpredictable polls could lead to a prolonged primary and the necessity of a brokered convention.

DeMint speculated that only an “August surprise” involving the front-runner in a late-breaking scandal would trigger the hypothetical.

The popular senator told CNN earlier this month the process of choosing a nominee “could very well go to the convention” due to the divided delegates. On Tuesday, he said, “I don’t think it’s very likely.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday found that 66 percent of Republican and GOP-leaning independents surveyed are opposed to a brokered convention.