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The Presidential nominees are headed to a contested convention

By: Christian Duran

Donald Trump has now won more than half the number of delegates needed to get the republican nomination. He must secure at least 1237 delegates (half of all delegates plus 1.) In most election years one presidential candidate wins enough delegates during the primary/caucuses to be chosen at the national convention as the republican nominee. However party official are doing their best to push for a contested convention. In a contested convention no presumptive nominee exists because no candidate gained a majority of the delegates on the first ballot. So even though a convention is often just a meeting for top party officials used to rally around the flag into the general election, a contested convention means the meetings actually make a real difference for who the nominee will be. Many people are ecstatic about this, while the other half finds it unfair and think that if Donald Trump has the most delegates he sold be the nominee.

On the democratic side Bernie Sanders is not giving up either. Two weeks ago, Sanders’ campaign manager said that the senator would absolutely take the Democratic race to the convention, even if Sanders loses the fight for pledged delegates and popular votes. The plan, Weaver said, is to ensure that the race is determined by the superdelegates, which Secretary Clinton is also winning in. This is a controversial topic because many people believe Sanders should drop out and throw his support behind Hilary Clinton, while his loyal supporters are happy to hear that he will be taking this nomination to the convention.

The Republican Convention will be taking place will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21, 2016. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016. I guess we will have to wait till then to find out the nominees.

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