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RNC Chair Priebus: 'The Minority Of Delegates Doesn't Rule For The Majority'

RNC Chair Reince Priebus explained to CNN's Dana Bash what we can expect at this year's Republican convention if Trump fails to get the required number of delegates to secure the nomination on the first round.
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RNC Chair Reince Priebus explained to CNN's Dana Bash what we can expect at this year's Republican convention if Trump fails to get the required number of delegates to secure the nomination on the first round.

Don't expect them to follow the same rules they used the last time around if it means they've got a chance to knock Trump out of there at a brokered convention:

The Republican National Committee chairman wouldn't back Donald Trump's argument that the candidates with the most delegates headed into the party's convention in Cleveland should automatically win the nomination.

Reince Priebus told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" Sunday that if no candidate wins the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination before the convention, it's up to GOP delegates to decide how to go forward.

"This is a delegate-driven process. This is the first time in a long time people actually cared about delegate count, but delegates matter," Priebus said. "The minority of delegates doesn't rule for the majority."

He pointed out that he was named Republican chairman on the seventh ballot -- and though he led the entire race, "no one gave it to me on the second or third ballot. In fact, I had to fight and fight and fight, and eventually I got the majority. That's how it works."

"No one's disenfranchised. In fact, they're empowered by the delegates they receive," he said.

Priebus complained that "there's a lot of misinformation" about Republican rules -- including one from 2012 that required candidates to have a majority of delegates from at least eight states in order to be nominated on the floor.

He said those 2012 rules don't necessarily carry over to 2016 -- when the delegates will elect a new rules committee to write its convention rules.

"Are you trying to say that the rules committee that was made up of Romney delegates should enforce the rules for the 2016 convention, which will largely be made up of Trump/Cruz delegates?" Priebus said.


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