Questions tagged [republican-primary]

Questions related to the primary process for the Republican Party. Use with the [united-states] tag. Do not use for general primary questions, use [primaries] instead.

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Why was Trump winning the 2016 election, when I know so few people who admit to voting for him?

I am a well educated Republican, of generally conservative views. Pretty much every day I see and hear people talk about how poor of a candidate Donald Trump is. But he's winning primary after primary,...
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Is Donald Trump officially the Republican nominee [as of May 7th]?

Googling the phrase 2016 primaries indicates that Donald Trump is the "likely Republican presidential nominee" (emphasis mine). While Donald Trump needs 1237 delegates to secure the nomination, he ...
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Is the Republican Party forced to support whoever wins the presidential primary?

Is the Republican Party forced to support the winner of the presidential primary, or can they choose to support another candidate, for example because that candidate is more in line with the party's ...
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Why did Ted Cruz drop out of the 2016 Republican primary?

According to Google, here is the latest Republican delegate count (as of May 6, 2016): Obviously, Cruz does not have a mathematical chance to obtain the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination. ...
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Has any respected conservative/libertarian/Republican writer, speaker, or officeholder in any way endorsed Donald Trump as a serious candidate?

With the starting electoral debate for the 2016 USA elections Donald Trump has been high on the news. He's made many controversial statements and defies many standards of what would expected from a ...
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If a party holds no primary debates, how does a lesser known candidate express his views in a forum specific to the party?

Background Back in April, Bill Weld expressed his decision to run for President on the Republican Ticket. However, since the announcement on April 15th, he has not had any public moments of import. ...
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Can Ted Cruz and John Kasich still win delegates in upcoming 2016 state primaries?

Ted Cruz and John Kasich, like many Republican candidates before them, have suspended their presidential campaigns this week. I'm curious about the upcoming state primaries. Will they still be on ...
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Why did Trump in 2016 win all 50 delegates in South Carolina?

Why did Trump win all 50 delegates in South Carolina? I understood that none of the primaries so far were winner takes all, and yet Trump took all 50 delegates with around 35% of the vote. How? ...
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Is Donald Trump the main reason behind the dramatic increase in Republican primary turnout?

One of the most interesting features of the 2016 primaries are the turnout numbers for each party. For Super Tuesday, for instance, turnout numbers in each party have changed by around 3 million ...
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What were the chances in April 2016 of Trump winning GOP given the Colorado defeat? [closed]

What are the chances of Trump winning GOP given the Colorado defeat . I am looking the total math - in and out for the remaining states. Right now Trump still has majority and has come to about 90 % ...
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Why hasn't Missouri officially allocated its remaining delegates to Donald Trump yet?

Why hasn't Missouri officially allocated its remaining delegates to Donald Trump yet? He won, didn't he?
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RNC convention first ballot rules for candidates who fail to pass rule 40b?

Among other interesting fodder for discussion for this year's Republican Convention, there's rule 40b, which stipulates that: "(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United ...
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Are 2016 Republican candidates allowed to attend debates not sponsored by the RNC?

In the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign, there were a very large number of Republican primary debates. After the election was over, the Republican National Committee (RNC) concluded that that there ...
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Is there any legal measure that can be employed to Effectively prevent Donald Trump from becoming the RNC Nominee?

While Donald Trump is not yet the official Republican Nominee, it is highly likely he will be. There isn't a competitor left running against him. Is there a legal mechanism that can be employed to ...
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Does the GOP candidate with the most delegates have to be the nominee? [duplicate]

Most everyone following the United States 2016 election has heard about Donald Trump's rise to power in the Republican Party. As of current, he has the most delegates, and is on track to win many more....