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GOP Considering Endorsement Convention Rules Changes

The party is contending with a larger-than-usual field.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 14, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

Some Republican candidates are “embracing a potential rules change for earlier cuts at the party’s spring nominating convention. Others say that the party should let the endorsement process play out as it has in the past, no matter how many ballots it takes when delegates hold their vote” on May 12.

State Party Chairman J.R. Romano “said the party wants to avoid a drawn-out nominating fight, but that it will ultimately be up to the convention rules committee to decide how many candidates advance past each round of cuts. A candidate needs to get a majority of the roughly 1,253 delegates to win the party’s endorsement, while those mustering at least 15 percent of the vote automatically qualify for the GOP primary held in August. Recent past practice has been for the low candidate to be dropped after the second ballot, but with switches allowed during the first ballot and fewer candidates to choose from, the process hasn’t gone that far.” (Hartford Courant)

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