A contested convention seems like an inevitability this year.
The race for the GOP nomination has become so ugly, that many people are starting to worry that this is the end of the political party. This week was particularly bruising, and RNC Chairman Reine Priebus says that there isn't anything finalized until the votes are counted - really, until the announcement of the nominee is made, there is nothing for certain.
“We will know where everyone stands on delegates on June 8, after the June 7th primaries.” Priebus said Sunday on ABC’s "This Week." “There will be no mystery over who has the majority, or if someone doesn’t, whether it’s going to be an open convention. If it’s an open convention, then we’re going to have be clear, open, and transparent on what the rules say and how they’re administered."
Votes can't be stolen either, saying that “the secretary will read the vote as if they were bound, regardless.”
However, if a candidate doesn't reach the all-important number of 1,237 delegates, the RNC chairman said that those delegates will be up for grabs after that first vote. This opening is a perfect way for a dark horse (Cruz) or an outside candidate (Romney) to come up and steal the nomination away from Trump.
"Generally, everyone is bound on the first ballot. In some states, they’re bound on a couple votes. But you’re right that on the second or third ballot, more and more delegates are unbound and they can vote for who they want," Priebus said Sunday. That includes someone who isn't currently a nominee, if there is enough support.
These comments come during the week where candidates like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich backed off the loyalty pledge they made to support the GOP candidate, with Donald Trump even saying he isn’t ruling out a third-party run.
Still, Priebus isn't bothered by that.
“I think candidates are also posturing. I think they’re posturing for the possibility of an open convention. I think some candidates think that there’s leverage to be had over making these kinds of statements. There’s no leverage over us,” Priebus said.
Priebus also said that he's worried about the comments that Donald Trump is making, especially when it comes to female GOP voters.
"Those kinds of comments I think have consequences. And so when you make those kinds of comments, and you want people to fall in line for you, it makes it more difficult."
Still, these comments aren't going to change the way things are going to work.
“We’re going to administer the convention the same way. And if the candidate can get to a majority on their own, then they’re going to be nominee, but no amount of leverage and statements are going to change it.”