Scott Walker: Likely No GOP Candidate Gets the Nomination
Then again 'it’s hard to predict anything'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2016 2:25 PM CDT
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes there's a good chance Trump, Cruz, and Kasich all miss out on the GOP nomination at an open convention.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

(Newser) – One-time Republican presidential candidate and current Wisconsin governor Scott Walker thinks there's a good chance that the nominee who comes out of the July convention won't be Trump, Cruz, or Kasich, the Capital Times reports. "I think if it’s an open convention, it’s very likely it would be someone who’s not currently running," Walker says, though he later acknowledged that "almost every prediction’s been off, so it’s hard to predict anything." Fortune sees Walker's comments as a way for him to keep his presidential aspirations alive. He was briefly the GOP frontrunner before dropping out of the race in September.

Politico reports Trump is nearly 500 delegates short of the 1,237 he needs to avoid an open convention in July. If a nominee isn't agreed upon by a majority in the first convention vote, delegates are free to throw their support behind anyone. In that event, Paul Ryan is seen as a favorite non-candidate to receive the nomination, despite him insisting he isn't interested, according to the New York Times. Wisconsin's April 5 primary is seen as a key battle in preventing Trump from clinching the nomination. Walker hasn't endorsed any of the candidates yet, though Politico believes he is only a few days away from throwing his support behind Cruz.