RNC pre­pares for con­tested con­ven­tion

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

charleston, s.c.» The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee has started pre­par­ing for a con­tested na­tional con­ven­tion, which would fol­low the pri­mary sea­son only if no GOP can­di­date for pres­i­dent wins enough del­e­gates to se­cure the party’s nom­i­na­tion.

Sev­eral GOP lead­ers at the party’s win­ter meet­ing in South Carolina told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day that pre­lim­i­nary plan­ning for such a pos­si­bil­ity is ac­tively un­der­way.

They stressed it had lit­tle to do with con­cerns about the can­di­dacy of bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Don­ald Trump, and they de­scribed the early work as a nec­es­sary con­tin­gency given the di­vided Repub­li­can field. With less than three weeks to go be­fore the Feb. 1 lead­off Iowa cau­cuses, there are a dozen ma­jor Repub­li­can can­di­dates still in the race.

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