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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Convention Ballots

There is a chance that no Republican presidential candidate will have a majority of delegates (1237) before the Republican convention.  “I think whoever gets to the top position as opposed to solving that artificial number that was by somebody, which is a very random number,” Trump said at a recent debate. “I think that whoever gets the most delegates should win. That’s what I think.”

By the Trump standard, Abraham Lincoln would never have been president.

At the 1860 Republican convention, the leader on the first ballot was Senator William Seward of New York, who had 173 1/2 votes.  Abraham Lincoln had only 102.  Seward led on the second ballot as well, but by a narrower margin: 184 1/2 to 181.  Lincoln only pulled ahead on the third ballot.