RNC Chair Predicts Long Nomination Fight

Dec 3, 2007 6:02pm

ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: Republican Party Chairman Mike Duncan doesn’t anticipate a brokered convention with a battle for delegates and an uncertain conclusion next September in St. Paul, Minnesota, but he believes his party’s nomination fight may drag out past Super Duper Tuesday on February 5.

"I don’t think it will be as early as some people think," Duncan told reporters when asked when he expects his party to have a presumptive nominee.

"With so many of our candidates still actively participating, it is hard to see how one of them will have enough delegates by February 5 to be declared the winner," added RNC co-chair JoAnn Davidson.

In recent election history, a presumptive nominee has emerged long before the candidate acquired more than 50 percent of the delegates securing the nomination. But the fluidity in the Republican race has clearly caused the head of the Republican Party to caution reporters from thinking this may be an apparent done deal after some 25 states have voted come February 5.

Perhaps the Mid-Atlantic regional primary on February 12 will cause Republican voters in Maryland, DC, and Virginia to feel as wanted and loved as the residents of Iowa and New Hampshire are feeling these days.

Representatives of media organizations descended on the Twin Cities Monday for an early look at the setup at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to begin planning media coverage for the Republican National Convention.

Democrats held their media walkthrough last month in Denver. The two conventions will be held between August 25 and September 4, with the Democrats going first and only three days between the two events.

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