There are many scenarios that could play themselves out at the Republican National Convention this July, but here is one that I thought I’d flag. Suppose the loser claims that he was cheated out of the nomination by a manipulation of the rules, questionable rulings on delegate credentials, etc. A lawsuit challenging the official result would almost certainly go nowhere, but . . .
How does a state official decide who is the Republican nominee for President? This is almost always a ministerial task, but what if the loser argues to, say, the Secretary of State of Florida that he was the real winner of the nomination and should appear on the ballot. (Kind of like the medieval period where there were two Popes each claiming that the other was not legitimate.) Does that Secretary of State have the discretion to decide who won? If so, how would she decide? And if that decision were challenged by another candidate, on what basis would a state court overturn that decision?