The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is reaching a critical period. As Donald Trump gains more supporters, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are struggling to keep up.
However, Sen. Rubio reportedly has a “Hail Mary” plan he hopes with provide him the GOP nomination. Two anonymous sources came forward to CNN after a meeting Wednesday in Manhattan to allege that Rubio is preparing for a contested Republican Convention.
Terry Sullivan, Rubio’s top campaign adviser, provided a blueprint for such a tactic at the meeting with top donors, the sources said.
Sullivan laid out two possible outcomes. Rubio might achieve the necessary delegates to win the election. It’s also possible that none of the three candidates will have the necessary delegates needed to win before the convention. In the latter scenario, a contested convention might be the outcome.
Sullivan said that if John Kasich and Ben Carson were to drop out of the election, Rubio may very well pick up votes from Kasich and Carson supporters and possibly provide him with the leverage to win the nomination.
Sullivan also expressed great confidence that Rubio would win in his home state of Florida.
The Manhattan meeting was attended by approximately 200 people, including some former supporters of Jeb Bush. If Bush supporters are willing to throw their support behind Rubio, Carson and Kasich supporters may do the same.
The Manhattan meeting took place at a time when Rubio has picked up recent endorsements from Bob Dole, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Joe Craft, and the Koch brothers, to name a few.
However, many people believe these endorsements have come in too late to quell the Trump campaign’s mobility and progress.
If these high profile endorsements are too late, a contested convention could be a real possibility — even though the last time it happened was during the 1952 presidential campaign.