GOP Leaders Crush Effort To Derail Trumps Presidential Nomination

first_img A last-ditch effort by conservatives to derail Donald Trump’s presidential nomination has suffered a crushing blow. A committee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland rejected their push to let delegates support the candidate of their choice.Anti-Trump delegates waged a messy battle over convention rules throughout the day Thursday. Their hope was to get the rules committee to release delegates from having to vote for a candidate they oppose.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“Basically, it went down in flames,” says Texas Republican National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell.The 112-member panel overwhelmingly rejected the measure when it came up for a voice vote late last night. National and state GOP officials, including Dashiell, aligned with Trump backers against the insurgents. “They needed 28 [votes] to even get a minority report, and that just didn’t happen,” Dashiell says.Anti-Trump delegates in the audience included a contingent from Texas. James Dickey is a delegate from Texas Congressional District 25, stretching from Austin to Fort Worth.“I think it’s ironic that Donald Trump, who claims to be an outsider, is working hand-in-glove with the RNC [Republican National Committee] to work this process,” Dickey says. “And the people who support him, who want an outsider and want somebody who’ll shake it up, I don’t think they realize that.”It’s uncertain whether the revolt’s backers can gather enough support to force the full convention to revisit the proposal when it convenes on Monday. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:13 Listen Sharelast_img

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