If the race for the GOP presidential nomination ends with a contested convention in July, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) believes the nominee will be someone who isn’t already in the race.
“I think if it’s an open convention, it’s very likely it would be someone who’s not currently running,” Walker told The Capital Times of Wisconsin Thursday.
Walker’s own campaign for the White House ended quickly, with him dropping out two months after he announced his candidacy. At the time, Walker was running low on campaign funds and performing poorly in opinion polls, particularly in Iowa, where he was once seen as the favorite.
Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE currently has a 274-delegate lead over rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government The CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday MORE, with 739 delegates to Cruz’s 465. John Kasich has 143 delegates.
Trump would need to win nearly 500 more delegates to clinch the nomination. But it is possible that none of the remaining candidates will reach that 1,237-delegate majority before the Republican National Convention in July.
"I mean, who knows. The one thing I qualify — it’s like the qualifications you see on those ads you see for car dealerships. I think any of us who comment on this election have to qualify that almost every prediction’s been off, so it’s hard to predict anything,” Walker added.
Walker hasn’t endorsed a candidate ahead of his state’s April 5 primary, though he’s hinted strongly that a Cruz endorsement is coming.
“Sen. Cruz, Ted Cruz, is the only one who’s got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination,” Walker said during an interview on the Charlie Sykes radio show.
Walker also told The Capital Times he hasn’t heard “a peep” from the Trump campaign, though he’s in contact with the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.
"In fact, I don’t know, other than the candidate, what kind of infrastructure, if anything, they have here, which is similar to what I hear from others around the country," Walker said.
Recent polls suggest the Republicans are neck and neck in Wisconsin, with Cruz receiving 36 percent support to Trump’s 35 percent. Kasich, who continues to split the anti-Trump vote, is polling at 19 percent.