Cruz: A Contested Convention Would Start A Revolt

Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] predicted Friday that a contested convention would “cause a revolt” and that he doesn’t need one to earn the nomination over Donald Trump.

“I’m not engaging in any negotiations, I’m focused on winning the nomination,” said Cruz. “A brokered convention is the pipe-dream of the Washington establishment. It is their hope they can snatch this nomination from the people.”

As Trump has extended his lead over opponents in the Republican primary, critics have increasingly been in favor of a contested convention in which no nominee goes into Cleveland with enough delegates to secure the nomination. (RELATED:Romney: Vote For ‘Whoever Has The Best Chance To Beat Trump In A Given State’)

The Texas senator said, “If the Washington deal-makers try to steal the nomination from the people, I think it will be a disaster. It will cause a revolt.”

“Now if you look at where we are in delegates right now, fewer than a hundred delegates separate Donald Trump and me. I’m the only candidate that has the delegate count, the state wins, who is in a position to beat Donald Trump,” said Cruz. (RELATED: Here’s The Latest Delegate Count For Republicans, Democrats After Super Tuesday)