In an interview on CNN Thursday night, former Gov. Rick Perry suggested that he might re-enter the Republican presidential race if no candidate gets the required 1,237 delegates to earn the nomination.
In that event, the GOP candidate would be chosen in a so-called brokered process at the July convention in Cleveland.
Perry told CNN’s Erin Burnett: “The fact of the matter is I think this campaign — if there is an odd twist to it, it will be no one gets enough of the delegates to get the nomination and you go to a brokered convention. At that particular point in time it’s a whole new ball game for everyone.
Burnett pressed: “And that could be a new ball game for you?”
Perry replied: “Everyone.”
Despite Trump’s commanding lead after four nominating contests, it’s still possible that he could fall short of the delegates needed to secure the nomination. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is banking on winning Texas and is hoping to compete in several other southern states with primaries on Tuesday. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is hoping to win his home state and nearby Michigan. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida hopes to win his home state and gain momentum as the establishment Republican candidate.
Perry was cleared of the final criminal charge against him on Wednesday after the state’s top criminal court ruled the charge, related to Perry’s 2013 threat to veto money forTravis County prosecutors in an attempt to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, violated the Texas Constitution’s separation of powers provision by improperly limiting the governor’s veto authority.
Perry launched a second bid for the GOP presidential nomination in June, but dropped out barely three months later after failing to gain traction.
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