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Colorado High School Teacher Leading Charge to Unbind GOP Delegates

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By    |   Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 03:34 PM

GOP delegate Kendal Unruh is pushing to change how delegates choose the GOP nominee at the Republican National Convention.

In one month, she has raised $3.5 million for her group Free the Delegates. Her group and Delegates Unbound have joined forces to convince Rules Committee members that they are not forced to vote for the candidate for whom they're bound, despite state laws or party rules.

Unruh, a Colorado high school teacher, is a delegate on the 112-member Rules Committee of the RNC. NBC News calls her the anti-Trump Republicans' last stand.

Her plan appears unlikely to receive a majority of the delegates' support, according to Newsmax's John Gizzi. 

If 28 of the delegates, one-fourth of the committee, vote for her measure, the full convention will be required to debate and vote on it.

Unruh told Newsmax, "I can state unequivocally we have the 28 votes."

Unruh is not alone in seeking to unbind delegates. Maine's Republican National Committee member Ashely Ryan said she supports Unruh's measure because she believes delegates should be able to vote for whomever they want.

Ryan said her belief had nothing to do with opposing Donald Trump. "I just believe in non-binding delegates," she said.

Rules Committee counsel David Norcross told Newsmax that he did not believe Unruh's plan would succeed. "It's like giving a losing football team a fifth quarter to make up the runs they couldn't score earlier," he said.

Unruh does not appear to have a next step in mind in case her measure succeeds, the NBC News report said. Its supporters are against Trump, but they do not agree on a replacement candidate. Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Scott Walker have been mentioned in the group's conference calls.

One Rules Committee member doubted Unruh's ability to get the measure passed. The member suggested it might have a chance if, for example, "Senator Mike Lee was leading this effort and not a schoolteacher from Colorado."

ABC News reports that a rules committee meeting that broke up for four hours over what it said was a broken printer was actually meeting to seek a resolution to the anti-Trump issue.

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