Trump wins in IN, Republican party on edge


Andrew Tapp

Andrew Tapp, Reporter

On Tuesday May 3, Donald Trump won the Indiana State Primary for the Republican Party’s Nomination for President of the United States. While some cheered, others spoke only of demise and how it would affect all of the other Republicans in their elections come November.

Now one may be wondering why the Indiana primary mattered so much. Indiana’s Republican primary actually had a lot of delegates to give out, 57 to be exact. Even though Senator Ted Cruz or Ohio Governor John Kasich have dropped out, had they won, it would have almost certainly caused for a contested convention in July in Cleveland.

A contested convention is one where no one candidate has enough delegates to win outright on the first ballot. When it comes to the Republican party’s convention, if no one wins on the first ballot, then delegates are no longer tied to vote how people did in the primaries. They are allowed to support whomever they want.

If Trump had not  won in Indiana, it would have been extremely difficult for him to have enough delegates walking into the convention, thus causing the contested convention. However, because he did, it is now safe to assume that he will be the Republican Party’s Nominee for President of the United States and will more than likely face off against Hillary Clinton in the general election.

However, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other prominent Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have concerns about how it will affect the party’s efforts to keep claim to both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“You’re hitting on a very big problem, which is that Trump is not a Republican,” Graham said to the New York Times. “I have no idea how we reconcile a Donald Trump agenda with a Republican Party agenda.”

Not everyone is concerned though. Sophomore Zach Smith, a self proclaimed Trump supporter, says he thinks Trump should be the party’s nominee and will do great in the general election.

“Trump, as he has proven many times, is very strong,” Smith said. “He doesn’t back down from anybody and he’s not afraid to say what he believes and what’s on his mind.”
Love him or hate him, Trump is more than likely going to the Republican Nominee for President.