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How A Contested Convention Would Work

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With the Republican Party potentially headed to its convention without a clear-cut presidential nominee, The Onion answers common questions about how a contested convention would work.

Q: What is a contested convention?
A: A way to ensure the voice of the people is heard and then checked for any obvious mistakes.


Q: How does a contested convention come about?
A: Simply too many wonderful nominees to choose from.

Q: How is a nominee chosen in a contested convention?
A: A candidate must secure a majority of delegates and pin them down for 10 straight seconds.


Q: How many normal, mentally balanced people will partake in the nomination process?
A: 17.

Q: What happens if no clear winner emerges after the first round of voting?
A: All 2,472 delegates immediately don Kevlar vests and tactical helmets.


Q: How many rounds of voting can there be?
A: 912 x 10^42

Q. What is an unbound delegate?
A. A national party representative who is allowed to undermine the democratic process if they feel like it.


Q: What happens in the second round, when many delegates are freed up from being bound to their original candidate?
A: The greatest power rush an Idaho county treasurer has ever felt in his life.

Q: What are the risks of a contested convention?
A: There’s a chance it could introduce an element of controversy into an otherwise congenial GOP nomination process.


Q: When will concerns about the candidates’ beliefs disappear completely and blind, frothing rage take over?
A: Around the fifth round of voting.

Q: Is there a scenario in which John Kasich wins the nomination?
A: Nope.

Q: Will there be riots?
A: Current convention rules require a quorum of 200 to form a riot.


Q: Who is likely to be the winner of a contested convention?
A: Donald Trump, regardless of whether he becomes the nominee or not.

Q. Is this a sensible and logical way to determine a major party’s presidential nominee?
A: Yeah, sure.