Get Ready, Political Fans: Convention Facts for the GOP
How It Works
The Republican National Convention meets every four years to adopt a Party platform, vote on rules to govern the Party, and, most importantly, to nominate candidates for President and Vice President.
To become the Republican nominee, a candidate must secure the votes of a majority of the 2,472 delegates at Convention. A candidate that receives the vote of 1,237 delegates or more wins the nomination.
Every delegate has only one vote and a majority of delegates will be "bound" to vote for a certain candidate on the first ballot.
The Chairman of the Convention will begin the roll call vote by asking each state to report their vote tallies. Every delegate has only one vote and a majority of delegates will be “bound” to vote for a certain candidate on the first ballot.
If a candidate receives 1,237 delegates or more on the first round of voting, he or she wins the nomination. If no candidate reaches a majority, rounds of voting will occur until a candidate does.
All candidates may continue to be considered by the convention until a majority is achieved. No one is required to remove their name from consideration, regardless of how many delegates they received in the previous round of voting.
An open convention only occurs if a candidate fails to secure a majority of bound delegates during the primary and caucus process and is unable to win enough unbound delegates to obtain 1,237 delegate votes.
If that is the case, we will have an open and transparent convention where delegates – empowered and selected by the grassroots – will elect the nominee for our Party.
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