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One Last Chance to Defeat Trump Before the Election

July 8, 2016
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RALEIGH, NC - JULY 5: Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

RALEIGH, NC – JULY 5: Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

The Republican Convention starts on Monday, July 18, 2016; it will take place in Cleveland, Ohio.

Everyone expects the convention will choose Donald Trump for president. Well, not everyone.  There is a movement to deny him the nomination.

And there is a way to begin to do it. The Rules Committee makes rules for each convention. The Rules Committee can “unbind the delegates.” It can pass a rule that says every delegate is free to vote for anyone. Or, in this case, free to vote for anyone but Trump.

Trump believes his delegates have to vote for him in the first round of votes. What happens if no one gets the required number of needed votes in the first round? Most delegates are free to vote for whomever they want in the second round.

Some members of the Rules Committee want to make the first round like the second round. They want to allow everyone to vote for whom they want in the first round.

A lot of action is taking place. The rules committee has 112 members.It needs only 28 votes to place a motion to unbind delegates before the full convention.

Donald Trump won the most votes in the Republican primaries. Many think that is the end of the matter. But Trump has created great discord in the party. He has offended women, Hispanics, Muslims, immigrants, the handicapped, a war hero, Jews and all the candidates who ran against him.

Many Republicans thought their candidate could beat Hillary Clinton. Now, many think the only one who cannot beat her is Donald Trump.

The effort to stop Trump is causing chaos in the Republican Party. If the motion to unbind the delegates goes to the convention floor, all the delegates will vote on it.

No one know what will happen if Trump is not chosen.

Source: The Wall Street Journal July 6, 2016

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