A source close to Mitt Romney has revealed what it says is his plan to grab the GOP nomination from front-runner Donald Trump.
Romney himself told Matt Lauer on Friday morning that he sees “no possible scenario” which would put him in the race.
Obviously it is too late for Romney to get into the race and accumulate the necessary delegates himself; the idea is to keep Trump from reaching the magic number of 1,237 delegates that would give him the nomination outright, CNN reported.
“It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention,” the source told CNN.
Romney explicitly laid out part of the plan during his speech Thursday where he advised people in Florida to vote for Marco Rubio, people in Ohio to vote for John Kasich and others to vote for Ted Cruz in states where he has the best chance of defeating Trump.
But Romney doesn’t see any of those men actually securing the nomination, according to CNN.
According to the source, Romney does not expect Rubio, Cruz or Kasich to emerge as the single candidate that can accumulate 1,237 delegates and outright defeat Trump before the convention. So the only way to rob Trump of a victory would be to keep him from reaching that magic 1,237 number.
Most Republican states allocate their delegates proportionally, or in a hybrid format that gives delegates both to the statewide winner and at the congressional district level. This means rather than winnowing the competition down to a single Trump alternative, it could make more sense for all of the current candidates to stay in the race for a stop Trump movement, according to one source.
In addition, two senior Republican Party insiders told CNN that the convention scenario is now dominating a lot of conversation in GOP fundraising circles. To be sure, both of these sources are skeptical about Romney being able to execute this plan, but both believe that there is a real attempt underway to try to do this.
For his part, Romney told “The Today Show” Friday morning that he sees no way he would get into the race.
“The people who can save this party are Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or John Kasich,” he said. “I’m gonna be supporting that person and doing everything I can to make sure they become the nominee of the party.”
“Under any circumstances would you be a part of this presidential race as a candidate?” host Matt Lauer pressed.
“There are no circumstances I can foresee where that could possibly happen,” Romney insisted. “No reasonable scenario I can imagine.”
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