Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, an influential GOP power broker, tells National Review Online that a contested convention is a possible, though “highly unlikely,” scenario.
“There is an outside chance, unlikely though it is, that you could get to the convention and have three or four candidates still in the race, none of them close to having a majority of delegates,” he says. “But the idea that there would be a contested convention, where you actually arrive in Tampa and nobody has the votes, would defy decades of history.”
In such a situation — and he repeatedly cautions that the possibility is remote — Barbour acknowledges that an outside candidate could emerge as a consensus nominee. “It is unlikely but not out of the question,” he says. “The operative word is ‘could.’ Could? Yeah. Likely? No.”