TN Republican Party Chairman says contested convention is a possibility

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- Monday, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes made a stop in the Tri-Cities and said a contested republican convention is possible.

“I think it is possible that we have a contested convention, we don’t know for sure there’s still a lot of states left to vote, I think it’s likely to happen cause we had so many candidates that were running in the Republican primary, not because we’re a divided party,” Haynes said. “The Republican Party is as unified as ever and I think whoever comes out of that convention will be ready to take on Hillary Clinton in November.”

If a contested convention were to happen it would mean no single Republican candidate reached the number of required delegates to win the Party’s nomination.

Haynes said if that happened, it would be the first contested convention in more than 50 years.

“I think the whole play book’s obviously been thrown out the window during this election cycle, people try to predict it the whole way and they can’t it just seems like there’s one twist and one turn, what it shows you is that people are frustrated with the policies of Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton in this country and they’re ready to see change in November,” Haynes said.

He said with a contested convention when the Party’s delegates meet in Cleveland, Ohio in July they would vote until a winner is declared.

Haynes was in Johnson City Monday speaking with members of the Washington County Republican Women.

Haynes said he is confident no matter how a Republican presidential nominee is selected, that candidate will be ready to take on the Democratic nominee in November.

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