Here’s what the RNC is thinking…
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is currently facing a proposal for a draft resolution that aims to designate former President Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. The proposal, put forth by David Bossie, an RNC committee member and staunch Trump supporter from Maryland, comes in the wake of RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel’s call for party unity behind Trump after his victory over Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire primary.
Despite Haley’s persistence in the race, with no formal withdrawal, prominent figures such as entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has already dropped out of the race, have endorsed Trump and urged Haley to step aside. The draft resolution, if adopted, would express gratitude to all candidates who participated in the nomination process and recognize the efforts of their supporters.
According to RNC rules, Trump needs to secure 1,215 delegates at the national convention in Milwaukee on July 15-18 to officially become the party’s nominee for the general election. As of now, Trump has 32 delegates compared to Haley’s 17, following his victories in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.
The resolution, set to be considered at the RNC winter meeting from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 in Las Vegas, declares President Trump as the presumptive 2024 nominee for the presidency, signaling a move into full general election mode. Haley, however, remains determined to continue her campaign, even with challenging prospects and a lack of visibility in upcoming primaries.
If the resolution is passed, it could initiate a process wherein the national party collaborates with Trump as if he had already secured the nomination, in accordance with RNC rules. The decision to move forward with this resolution marks a significant development in the evolving dynamics of the Republican presidential nomination process.