GOP candidates may visit Nebraska

Posted By: Nicole Cousins

The clock is ticking in the race for the White House.

And for Republicans, the answer to who will be the GOP nominee isn’t coming easy.

The delegate pool is shrinking, only 943 are left, 36 of those in Nebraska.

Bud Synhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party says John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have all expressed interest in visiting Nebraska before the May 10 primary.

So far, only Senator Ted Cruz has named a campaign chair here, State Senator John Murante.

"We fully expect Senator Cruz to be in Nebraska and the campaign to have a presence,” Murante said Friday. “Nebraska’s 36 delegates are extremely important this race is very very close."

Right now, Cruz has claimed 463 total delegates. Trump leads with 736 and Kasich has 143.

1,237 are needed to secure the nomination.

And experts say it’s looking less and less like any of the hopefuls will reach the magic number.

“We have had a lot of great presidential candidates this year,” Murante said. “No doubt about it. We have the most talented field of candidates probably in the history of the Republican Party.”

That puts even more emphasis on Nebraska,.

If none of the hopefuls bring in enough delegates before the GOP convention in July, the party will have to select a nominee in Cleveland.

So far, none of the campaigns have announced officially if and when they will visit Nebraska, but Synhorst says he wouldn’t be surprised if all three show up in the next month.

He also says if none of the candidates hone in enough delegates, it’s going to be a long and potentially messy GOP convention.