Lyin’ Ted Could Dump Fiorina at Convention if He’s Able to Pull Off a Coup to Get Nominated
Guest post by Joe Hoft
Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz made news this week. He lost the five state primaries in the East (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania) on Tuesday as Donald Trump won all the counties in the all the states with primaries. This was after Trump scored a major win the week before in New York where he walked away with nearly every delegate.
On Tuesday Cruz was mathematically eliminated from the race. He finished the day needing more delegates than are available. Then on Wednesday after this shellacking, Cruz announced that he had picked Carly Fiorina as his Vice Presidential running mate.
This is where, according to Alternet, the bad news begins for Cruz and Fiorina.
The ONLY WAY Cruz can win the nomination is to hoist a coup at the Republican convention in July. If Donald Trump does not win the number of delegates required to win the nomination outright before the convention (1,237) which is nearly impossible after this week’s wins, then Cruz hopes to win the nomination at the convention by persuading delegates to vote for him.
If there is a coup then the convention delegates would also vote for the Vice Presidential candidate as well. If Cruz were to win, there is no guarantee that Fiorina would be accepted as his Vice Presidential candidate. She would need to be nominated, voted for and elected to the Vice President position, This would be independent of their announcement Wednesday.
Alternet noted that the convention rules for electing a VP were discussed by FOX News’ Gretchen Carlson earlier this month.
Donald Trump called the announcement of Fiorina as VP ‘a waste of time’ and he was right. There is no guarantee that if Cruz was nominated in some special ballots at the convention (the only way he can win the nomination) that Fiorina would even be his eventual running mate.
But this is all pie in the sky at this point. Trump could lose 8 of the 10 remaining states (Indiana, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota) and yet still win the nomination with wins in New Jersey and California and good showings in the primaries that award delegates proportionally.
Trump’s win couldl save Cruz and Fiorina a major embarrassment.