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All Eyes On selection Of Massachusetts GOP Delegates

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In a typical year, the selection of delegates to the Republican National Convention is of little interest outside the party faithful. But, this year has been far from typical.Many GOP elders, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, see the only chance of stopping Donald Trump is by denying him the 1,237 delegates he needs to claim the nomination.

That would force a contested convention where delegates would be free to choose whichever candidate they want.

That includes Massachusetts' 42 delegates — 22 of whom are pledged to Trump on the first vote only.

Twenty-seven delegates will be elected at nine congressional district caucuses on April 30. Another 12 will be elected by the Massachusetts Republican State Committee.

The remaining three delegates are top party officials.

Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz are also running for the Republican nomination.

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