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GOP Convention Gambit Would Guarantee Trump Win

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 04:00 PM

Donald Trump would benefit from a proposed rule for the Republican National Convention that would block attempts to circumvent nominating the brash New Yorker.

The proposal calls for the RNC to stick to the 2012 convention rules and specifies that any changes, such as adding a 'conscience clause' that delegates could use to avoid casting a first ballot for Trump, wouldn't take effect until the 2020 convention, reports MSNBC via NBC News.

Oregon delegate Solomon Yue, a member of the convention rules committee, submitted the change to the RNC.

"This proposal would take politics out of the rule-making process and focus on unity so we could defeat Hillary Clinton in November," Yue told MSNBC.

Trump, a former reality television star and political neophyte, won enough primaries and caucuses to ensure that he would win the nomination on the first ballot at the convention, whose rules require most delegates to vote for the candidate they are committed to support in the first round. But at least one lawsuit has been brought in federal court to force the GOP to let delegates avoid backing Trump by citing their conscience.

"It is interesting. All of these are drafts – these are proposals – but we now are starting to see what this fight could look like," Ari Melber, the network's chief legal correspondent, observed on MSNBC Live. "The folks who want to lock in Trump have at least one plan, which is simple, which is clear, which they say sounds fair."

The RNC has two rules committees, one that debates changes and makes recommendations to the other, which has final say over what is approved and sent to the entire convention for a vote.

According to National Review, Yue submitted a proposal in April, just before the RNC’s Spring Meeting, that would’ve simplified the rules governing proceedings on the convention floor, but it was soundly rejected out of concern it would make for an unruly event.

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