How far will Republicans go to stop Trump?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that there will possibly be "riots" at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland if he wins a plurality of delegates in the primaries but is not given the presidential nomination.

"I think you'd have riots," Trump told CNN the morning after primary victories in Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. He lost Ohio and final results in Missouri have not yet been certified.

"If you disenfranchise those people, and you say, 'I'm sorry, you're 100 votes short'...I think you'd have problems like you've never seen before," he said.

If neither Trump nor Sen. Ted Cruz can reach a 1,237-delegate majority--Ohio Governor John Kasich is still in the race, but it is mathematically impossible for him to clear that threshold at this point--he could easily be denied the nomination at the convention. Trump's supporters have warned such a move could divide the Republican Party.

"It's a decision for the party elites," Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in an interview with CNN. "They can destroy the party or they can unite behind the front-runner."

Cruz has also cautioned the party about the risks of a contested convention.

"I think that would be an absolute disaster," he told CNN Wednesday. "I think the people would quite rightly revolt."

Proponents of the #NeverTrump movement within the party say he cannot be trusted to adhere to conservative principles or to stand by any of the promises he is making. They also point to polls that have consistently shown him performing worst against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in head-to-head match-ups.

Exit polls conducted Tuesday found that a majority of Republican primary voters not supporting Trump would be willing to consider a third party candidate if Trump and Clinton are the nominees. Trump's opponents have said they are not giving up, despite his big wins Tuesday.

Nancy Martorano Miller, an associate professor of political science at the University of Dayton, observed that Trump has not gotten a majority of votes in any primaries he h