Over the course of the 2016 primary season, Donald Trump accumulated 1,542 Republican delegates–over 300 more than the 1,237 needed for the New York billionaire to win the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention. However, with the Cleveland convention literally days away, there appears to be a plot afoot by the #NeverTrump crowd to deny victory to real estate mogul.
It’s being reported that a change in convention rules could cost Trump the nomination.
According to a report by The Daily Wire, some members of the RNC Rules Committee is currently pushing a rule that would “unbind” delegates who are currently pledged to the candidates through their state primary systems. According to one member of the RNC Rules Committee, they have the necessary votes to do it.
The Daily Wire reports:
[RNC Rules Committee member Kendal] Unruh explained that “28 committee members are required to pass a minority report, which then goes to the convention floor for all delegates to vote on. It then requires a simple majority to pass.” She added that she does “have the 28 votes required for the minority report”…
A vote to unbind delegates could change the course of the convention.
Once unbound, Donald Trump could be denied the nomination on the first ballot if enough delegates can be convinced to switch their votes. With 2,500 delegates at the convention, such an event would not be out of the realm of possibility.
Despite the efforts of the #NeverTrump movement, many members of the RNC Rules Committee still intend to support the presumptive nominee. CBS reports that they have “surveyed dozens of rules committee members who say they are enthusiastic Trump supporters or respect the will of Republican voters, and will not stand in the way of a Trump nomination.”
The RNC Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday.