As the delegate count available narrows, something the GOP claims to not have becomes more apparent. There are Republican super delegates, they just aren’t quite as beholden to the party.
A Democratic Party super delegate is an insider who does not have to vote for any one political candidate. As Obama emerged in 2008, super delegates who supported Hillary Clinton simply changed their minds. For the Republicans, certain states chose not to assign delegates to a candidate. However, they have some who were chosen on the basis of a known preference. In reality though, they can choose whomever they want, even on the first ballot.
It seems that even the Trump campaign may have to woo unpledged delegates to get to 1237 on the first try. Normally, the GOP only has a small number of these delegates, but this year, a little goes a long way. I can’t even imagine what the party will do next time if Trump gets the 2016 nomination.