Unless there are rule changes, most of Rubio’s 166 delegates will be up for grabs after the first ballot. Many of them are expected to vote like Counts, who has no intention of supporting Trump. Bob Kabel, a Rubio-bound D.C. delegate, said he would be on the convention’s rules committee and would like to lower the bar for a presidential candidate to be eligible as the nominee, which could help any candidate hoping to take down Trump. A 2012 rule stipulated that a candidate needed the majority of delegates from at least eight states; Kabel said there would be an “active effort” to reduce that threshold to “as low as one” state. “At a minimum, I want those who are remaining in the race to be able to be nominated,” he added.
Another D.C. delegate for Rubio, Rina Shah Bharara, said she didn’t think she could vote for Cruz in part because he “can’t get along with people in Washington,” or Trump, whom she called “terrible,” “repugnant,” and “deranged.” While she may support Kasich, she doesn’t think he has the “charisma” necessary to win a general election. And so with few remaining options, Bharara hopes for a new candidate to emerge at the convention.
“Those little buzzes about Paul Ryan or somebody else are just like glimmers of hope that I hold onto,” she said. “Just anybody else—anybody even outside the field.”
“The night that Marco dropped out was a very, very bad night,” she added. “I felt like the end was near for our party.”