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Candidates with the muscle could alter GOP convention rules

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Republicans are approaching a July convention that may begin without anyone knowing who their presidential candidate will be.

There are existing rules governing how the party picks its candidate. But the bylaws governing the Cleveland gathering will be whatever the delegates decide. They could approve changes giving an advantage to billionaire Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or somebody else.

The rules now say that to be nominated, a candidate must have petitions showing majority support from delegates from at least eight states and territories.

Trump and Cruz will likely be the only ones to meet that threshold. But if enough delegates want to, they can change it to let other people be nominated -- perhaps even some not currently running, like House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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