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RNC rules member: Trump will win nod if he gets 1,100 delegates

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A member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) rules committee suggested Wednesday that presidential front-runner Donald Trump may need fewer delegates than generally thought to eventually secure the GOP nomination.
 
“What I do expect to happen is this: If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee, even though he may not have 1,237,” Randy Evans said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
 
{mosads}Evans later clarified to a reporter that 1,237 is still the number of delegates needed to win the nomination.
 
 
Rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have been working to deny Trump the 1,237, a majority of the delegates, to force a contested convention in July to determine the GOP nominee.
 
Trump has for months suggested that he should win the nomination even if he enters the convention without a majority of the delegates. Should he not win on the first ballot, delegates could start switching to Cruz or Kasich.
 
“If he gets less than 1,000 delegates, then I think we’re looking at a contested convention that could go on for many, many days,” Evans, a Georgia lawyer and national committeeman, said of Trump on MSNBC.
 
“And then in the middle, there’s that gray area between 1,000 and 1,100, and that’s where the unbound delegates or the delegates that have been released by other candidates come into play, to see if there are enough of those to get either Trump or Cruz over the finish line,” he added.
 
Trump is looking to add to his roughly 200-delegate lead over Cruz with a win in New York on Tuesday, after the Texas senator swept all of Colorado’s 34 delegates last week.

 
RNC communications director Sean Spicer threw cold water on Evans’s remarks, tweeting, “The @GOP will have a nominee only when a candidate reaches a majority of delegates which is 1,237.”
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