Courtesy of the Daily Beast:#NeverTrump delegates to force floor vote at #RNCinCLE: https://t.co/7PBuWYmxRO pic.twitter.com/a3LjNJo9FJ— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 18, 2016
Delegates to the Republican National Convention opposed to Donald Trump as their party’s presumptive nominee may have enough signatures to force a full floor vote on whether to “unbind” all of the delegates, allowing them to vote their conscience. According to Politico, the contingent has received a majority of signatures from nine states and territories. The threshold is seven. Former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey has reportedly handed the signatures to the convention’s secretary. The floor vote is unlikely to be successful—however, it will bring even more attention to the disgruntled factions of the Republican Party opposed to Trump.
I have been watching this group scramble around the convention floor all morning trying to get their paperwork to the proper officials before the deadline.
Apparently they have accomplished that so we will wait to see what happens.
Update: Here is more courtesy of Fox News:
Anti-Trump Republicans launched a last-ditch bid on Monday to deny the New York businessman the party’s nomination by trying to force a state-by-state vote at the Cleveland convention on the rules that bind delegates to back Donald Trump.
The effort stands little chance of succeeding, but could pose a major disruption to the proceedings just as party officials were trying to smooth over divisions. The Trump camp is said to be "livid" at the revived push.
"This is a big headache," one official told Fox News.
I told you this week would be entertaining!
Update 2: in the meantime the #DumpTrump movement takes to the streets in protest.
More popcorn?March to #DumpTrump is hundreds deep in dt #Cleveland #ResistRNC #RNCinCLE pic.twitter.com/RhtCw8mNnw— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 18, 2016
Twitter response to the rules vote on the convention floor.
First the GOP abandoned “character counts.”— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 18, 2016
Now the GOP abandons “Rule of Law.”
All to serve the oompaloompa.
And remember folks this is only DAY ONE.
Oh, this is too good: the official #RNCinCLE photo is being taken with big holes where the CO and IA delegations should be.— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) July 18, 2016