Mar 10, 2016 3:03 AM GMT
The ultimate result of the 2016 presidential election could yet rest on the likes of Erling “Curly” Haugland, 69, a businessman from Bismarck, North Dakota, who will be one of the 2,472 delegates to the Republican party convention in July. And he isn’t saying what he’ll do....
...Haugland is one of just 112 Republican delegates who are “unbound” because their states and territories – North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, American Samoa and Guam – hold no primaries or caucuses. Instead, delegates are chosen at state convention without reference to voters’ views on the presidential candidates.
That opens up the prospect of them immediately swinging behind other candidates even if Trump arrives at Cleveland with a lead in the delegate haul.
If no candidate has secured 1,237 votes after a first ballot then the vast majority of delegates are “freed” to vote for whoever they want.