CLEVELAND — An effort by some delegates to block the presumed nomination of Donald Trump on the floor of the Republican National Convention was blocked Monday.
Numerous delegates had planned to call for a state-by-state roll call vote to approve convention rules with the end goal of unbinding delegates, essentially allowing them to vote for any candidate they wished.
A vast majority of delegates — including those in Arizona, sort of — are forced to vote for a certain candidate depending on their respective state’s primary results.
A Republican Party official said nine states submitted petitions to force a full state-by-state roll call vote on the rules of the convention. That’s two more states than necessary.
The official said the party verified that the petitions and signatures are legitimate. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
But Rep. Steve Womack — who was chairing the proceedings — said from the podium that delegates from three states withdrew their signatures. He then declared that the effort had fallen short.
Republican officials quickly approved the standing rules for the convention, effectively quashing the anti-Trump movement.
The action brought a loud outcry from delegates, who repeatedly chanted “Roll call vote!”
Some delegates walked out of the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the convention, in protest.
Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli threw his credentials on the floor in protest.
The drawn-out vote likely would not have changed the outcome of the convention, but it could expose party divisions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.