RNC head: 'We don’t want to put our hands on the scale’
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The chairman of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday said that his organization does not want to manipulate the GOP presidential primary.

“We don’t want to put our hands on the scale,” Reince Priebus told host Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’s “On the Record.”


“We want to take the rules out of the equation,” he added. "Do you have the votes or don’t you have the votes? People are going to see we want an open and transparent convention.”

But Priebus said that securing the Republican presidential nomination requires a majority of pledged delegates.

“You have to get a majority,” he said. “If people don’t understand that you need a majority to become the nominee of our party, I don’t know how else to explain it. I don’t think it’s that complicated. There’s nothing really to explain.”

Priebus added that any concerns with the delegate allocation process should be addressed on a state-by-state basis.

“The states run the delegate allocation process for their states,” he said.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE has repeatedly said that the party's primary rules are “rigged” against him.

Trump leads the Republican presidential field with 845 delegates, followed by 559 for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement Trump holds chummy meeting with Turkey's Erdoğan Overnight Defense: Trump hosts Erdoğan at White House | Says Turkish leader has 'great relationship with the Kurds' | Highlights from first public impeachment hearing MORE (Texas) and 148 for Gov. John Kasich (Ohio). A candidate needs 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination, preventing a contested convention in Cleveland next July.

Trump also boasts a 9-point edge in voter support nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.