“It is certainly a possibility. It hasn’t happened in a long, long time, but you’ve obviously got a wide field, and if it stays splintered, that could happen,” the Texas senator told radio host Hugh Hewitt last week.
A brokered convention occurs when a single candidate has not won enough delegates in the primary and caucus states to secure the nomination at the convention. When this happens, all the delegates are freed from their allegiances at the convention in hopes that political deal-making and a subsequent re-vote will produce a single victor. The last brokered convention occurred in 1952.
Cruz said that historically the first three primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina normally have “a disproportionate impact” but said his campaign was “planning for both contingencies.”