Gingrich says no deal after a secret talk with Romney

Mr. Gingrich would need a plurality of delegates from each of five different states just to qualify for a place on the first ballot of a deadlocked convention at which no candidate had the requisite 1,144 delegates for nomination. In 13 states and territories, delegates are not bound to vote for any candidate, even on the first ballot.

If the fight moved to a second ballot, anybody could walk in from the outside to become an instant competitor, even if he or she had not participated in a single GOP nomination primary.

So GOP stars such as New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie and Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio could stride into the convention hall and theoretically wind up as the party’s nominee to face President Obama on Nov. 6.

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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


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