(NBC NEWS) Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that he is "optimistic" that the Republican National Convention in July will need a second ballot to decide the party's nominee.
Since Donald Trump is well ahead among pledged delegates and likely the only GOP candidate who could win the nomination on the first ballot, the Kentucky Republican's enthusiasm about a second vote suggests he does not favor Trump.
"We're going to follow the rules of the convention," McConnell told Louisville's ABC affiliate WHAS. "When a nominee gets to 1,237, he will actually be the candidate. If he doesn't, there will be a second ballot. 60 percent of the delegates who are bound on the first ballot will be free to do whatever they want on the second ballot."
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