"This most Americans do see. They see a roll call of states, right? They see Alabama, 'Alabama casts its 50 delegates for,' right? On that first ballot, if no one gets a majority, there's probably a recess, and then you go to a second ballot. And in between that first ballot and second ballot, there's lots of stuff happening."
"Stuff like what?" Williams asked.
"Well, people are making deals," Kamarck said. "They're negotiating. They're saying, 'OK, well, listen. John Kasich, we of the Ohio delegation, we're going to throw our votes to Ted Cruz,' or there are 50 Trump delegates who are going to defect and go to Cruz or go to Kasich. Or Cruz and Kasich are going to decide to cast their votes for Paul Ryan, who didn't even run.
"In other words, if you don't get a first-ballot nomination — and the strategy right now among the Republicans is to keep Trump from a first-ballot nomination — if you don't get that, then it's wide open."