Majority

Two definitions for Donald Trump and his overexcited supporters to bear in mind as Cleveland approaches:

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Plurality: the number of votes cast for a candidate who receives more than any other but does not receive an absolute majority.

Majority: a number that is greater than half of a total.

The longstanding party rules (which Trump promised to abide by) say the nominee is the candidate who has the majority1,237 delegates–nothing more and nothing less. Needless to say, a plurality is not a majority.

Ergo, if Trump has only a plurality at the convention, he is not entitled to the nomination, and if he loses, he cannot legitimately claim that “the system is rigged” or that something was “stolen” from him. (Which probably won’t stop this unprincipled liar.) You cannot have something stolen from you that you never possessed in the first place.

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About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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