Poll: Most GOP Voters Would REJECT a Last-Minute Nominee

A majority of Republicans say the candidate with the most delegates should win.

Even if GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump falls short of the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the party's nomination on a first ballot at this summer's Republican National Convention, most Republican voters think he should get the nomination anyway, a new poll shows.

According to the McClatchy-Marist poll, conducted between March 29-31 and released on Tuesday:
  • 52 percent of Republicans want Trump if he has the most delegates;
  • 40 percent disagree;
  • 65 percent want only candidates who have run to be eligible;
  • 29 percent disagree.
"There is clearly a sentiment on the part of a majority and even more among key groups that if he has the most going in but failed to secure it, he should still get the prize at the end," commented Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in NY

Meanwhile, most supporters for Trump and Ted Cruz do not believe the nomination should go to a person who did not run in the primary process, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has insisted that he's not interested in being nominated:

Cruz supporters: Only 25 percent say an outside candidate is acceptable;
Trump supporters: 28 percent