Trump predicts ‘riots’ if Republicans deny him the nomination

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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by Suzanne Gould and Biodun Iginla, BBC News, New York

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Trump said ‘riots’ are possible if he wins the most delegates but still is not the Republican nominee

Republican road to the White House

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said his supporters would “riot” if he was denied the Republican nomination despite winning the popular vote.

Some Republicans have signalled that they would be open to a brokered convention, where party officials, not voters, would chose the nominee. 
 That would only take place if Mr Trump fell short of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.
 It is unclear if he can hit that threshold before the convention.
 “I’m representing a tremendous — many, many millions of people, in many cases first-time voters,” Mr Trump, the front-runner, told CNN. “If you disenfranchise those people … I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before,” he said.

Mr Trump has at least 646 delegates and is favoured to win many coming contests, but challenges from opponents Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich have blunted his momentum.
 On Tuesday, Mr Trump won primaries in four states — Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. Yet a win by Mr Kasich in Ohio raised the possibly that Trump’s delegate count could fall short.
 Mr Cruz, who is currently in second place in the race, is also opposed to a brokered convention.

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