With Trump soaring, Republicans see possibility of brokered convention

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, IowaBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Donald Trump leading a splintered field, top Republican Party officials are keeping open the possibility that the fight to be the party’s presidential candidate could stretch to the nominating convention in July, officials said on Thursday. A so-called “brokered convention,” in which no single candidate has a sufficient number of nominating delegates to become the presidential nominee in the November election, used to be a common feature of American politics. The possibility that the Republican battle for a nominee will extend to the July 18-21 convention in Cleveland was discussed at a dinner on Monday of top party operatives hosted by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

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