The #NeverTrump crowd have unveiled their latest tactic for stopping Donald Trump from gaining the Republican nomination. After failing to “free the delegates” during initial steering committee voting, they’ve now launched a petition to force a floor vote on the rules of the convention.
Republicans looking to unseat Donald Trump as their party’s presidential nominee appear to have the signatures they need to force a full vote on the national convention rules, a move intended to provide a platform for anti-Trump voices and to embarrass the billionaire.
To force that vote, the faction would need signatures from the majority of delegates from 7 states or territories. According to documents provided to POLITICO, they have a majority of signatures from 9: Colorado, Washington state, Utah, Minnesota, Wyoming, Maine, Iowa, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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The group says former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey has submitted the signatures to the convention secretary.
Submitting those signatures would force a roll call floor vote from all 2,472 delegates to the convention on the Republican National Committee rules that an 112-member panel voted through last week. Those rules required pledged delegates to vote for the candidate dictated by their state’s primary or caucus results, a system that would allow Trump to clear the number of votes he needs for a nomination. The faction is hoping those rules will be voided and replaced with rules that allow delegates to vote their conscience.
But the delegates might not even get their petition delivered, because the convention secretary is hiding:
Sec of the convention is hiding behind a curtain w/ armed guards to avoid receiving the signatures for an inbound delegate vote. #RNCinCLE
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) July 18, 2016
We will keep you updated on everything that happens and if these rebels are successful.
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