1,237 is the magic number of delegates needed to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot.
Many pundits believe if Donald Trump enters Cleveland short of that number, the establishment will swindle the nomination from him in a brokered convention.
But a jaw-dropping admission by a member of the RNC’s Rules Committee turned conventional wisdom on its head.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Randy Evans declared Trump could win the nomination, even if he heads into the Republican National Convention just short of the magic number.
Politico reports:
“If Donald Trump exceeds 1,100 votes, he will become the nominee, even though he may not have 1,237,” Georgia lawyer Randy Evans told MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
 But if the GOP presidential frontrunner doesn’t surpass the 1,000 delegate mark, Evans said it could lead to a days-long contested convention.
“And then in the middle there’s that gray area between 1,000 and 1,100, and that’s where the unbound delegates or the delegates that have been released by other candidates come into play to see if there are enough of those to get either [Ted] Cruz or Trump over the finish line,” he said.