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Virgin Islands Could Decide GOP Presidential Nomination

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Friday, 01 Apr 2016 10:19 AM

It sounds like a scenario that could only be dreamed up in Hollywood, but incredibly, the miniscule U.S. territory of the Virgin Islands could end up deciding the results of the Republican presidential nomination.

As USA Today reports, Republicans in the lush Caribbean paradise can pick "unbound" delegates who are allowed to cast a vote on the first ballot at this summer's convention for anybody they want.

"[They] could emerge as critical power brokers at the party's convention in Cleveland if GOP front-runner Donald Trump fails to amass the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination beforehand," the newspaper writes.

The Virgin Islands along with a number of other uncommitted delegates across the nation could turn out to be a hidden powerhouse in the election, something history backs up.

As Frank Donatelli, a former GOP National Committee official, told USA Today, it happened in 1976 when Gerald Ford had less than a majority of delegates pledged to him, but grabbed the majority of uncommitted delegates in states like  Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

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