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John McCain: Delegates Can 'Make Up Their Own Minds' on How to Vote

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 11:42 AM

The GOP continues to face questions over how delegates to the Republican National Convention will vote, specifically whether delegates can vote against the presumptive nominee Donald Trump on the first ballot.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the party's 2008 presidential standard bearer, entered the debate on Tuesday, when he told the Weekly Standard: "I think it's up to every delegate to make up their own minds. I do not tell them what to do, I never have."

McCain didn't say what he thinks delegates should do, but his statement was taken as a show of support by anti-Trump Republicans. McCain claimed that Trump on the November ballot would hurt his Senate re-election chances by alienating Latino voters, according to CBS News.

However, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Trump has more support among Hispanics, at 33 percent, than GOP nominees Mitt Romney and McCain won in 2012 and 2008, respectively, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc., expressed similar sentiments when he said, "I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In Virginia, GOP delegate Beau Correll filed a lawsuit a week ago over a state law that binds him to vote for the primary winner, in this case Donald Trump, on the first ballot at the convention. Correll told CBS News that "Donald Trump does not exhibit the judgment, the competency for the highest office in the land."

Chief strategist for the RNC, Sean Spicer, tweeted:


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