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Never Trump Groups Continue Efforts to Unbind Delegates

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By    |   Monday, 18 Jul 2016 08:32 AM

Groups that want to block Donald Trump from the Republican presidential nomination are still at work, according to The Hill

Several groups want delegates to vote for whom they want, rather than being bound by results of state primaries and caucuses. However, the Republican National Convention's rules committee rejected a proposal to unbind the delegates, but the groups remain in action.

"What we're doing is the same process we've had in place for several weeks," Free the Delegates executive director Regina Thomson said.

RNC member Steve Duprey said he believes the "Never Trump" forces have little chance of succeeding.

"I don't see a majority of Republican delegates willing to overturn what the voters did in their states," he said. "That's not how we roll."

Dane Waters, the leader of Delegates Unbound, said meetings with the delegates are likely to take place privately. The results of the Never Trump groups' lobbying will be revealed on the convention floor, when delegates are set to vote on the rules package for the convention,

"It will be about finagling the delegates, appealing to their duty, to their country, to the conservative movement to nominate someone other than Trump," Delegates Unbound member Beau Correll said in the Hill report.

Kendal Unruh, co-founder of Free the Delegates, said the RNC is to blame for supporting Trump.

"The RNC chose the chaos; it's up to the RNC about what this will look like. The more you push down, the more it explodes," Unruh said in the Hill report.

The Never-Trump groups' last-ditch effort is a plan to call for a roll call vote, a process that would go through all 2,472 delegates. Trump's supporters are confident that will not work.

The Never-Trump supporters appear to agree that their efforts are at a critical point.
"Now is the time to fight for our principles, not later," Delegates Unbound member Beau Correll said.

Unruh appeared on CBS News and said that the whole movement is designed to find a nominee that can beat Hillary Clinton.

She said that when the Republican convention's rules committee voted down the proposal, they "strangled the voice of the grassroots."

Unruh blamed Trump for the division in the members of the Republican Party.

"Instead of shutting it down, he incited it and encouraged it," Unruh said.

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