The Long-Awaited Date The GOP Decides On A Nominee

by Melissa Cruz

If you've been following the Republican presidential race, you've probably started to wonder (as any sane person would) — when the hell will this all be over? It's a valid question, considering that the Republican presidential race has seemed to be in shambles long before the primaries even actually began. And with Donald Trump seemingly getting ever closer to the nomination, how much longer do American voters need to bite the bullet on this one? When will the GOP confirm their nominee? Alternative question: When will this clown rodeo finally pack up its bags?

When you're putting up with Lyin' Ted and Donald Drumpf (sorry, John Kasich, you don't get a nickname), the answer seems a lifetime away: The Republican party will confirm their nominee the week of July 18, 2016 at their convention. So considering the whole thing won't be over until November, it could certainly be a lot worse that a month and a half. But for the GOP, who have been wringing their hands over Donald Trump and Ted Cruz with no better alternative clearly in sight, the date probably seems both too far away and much too close. Their strategy to invest in an establishment candidate only went so far — Lil' Marco (Marco Rubio) couldn't pull his weight as their eventual choice for the nomination, and dropped out what seems like a lifetime ago.

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Of course, there is the possibility of a contested convention, which could drag out the process even further. Should Trump not snag the necessary number of delegates or if Cruz refuses to drop out when it's time for the convention, GOP leaders could potentially see that July 18 day stretch out even more. Though with his sweep in the five primary contests this past week, the real estate mogul's chances of grabbing the correct number of delegates seems more and more likely. If that's the case, and Cruz doesn't put up a fight, voters could see Trump as the Republican nominee as early as that mid-July week (a scary thought — perhaps it is better to drag it out a little more, even if it causes voters to question their sanity a little).

Whichever the case, chances are that just about everyone involved in the race (aside from the losers, perhaps) will be happy that it's steadily drawing to a close. After months and months of dealing with these candidates, a little scaling back will be welcome.