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Eleven US States Ignored in Demand for Vote on Republican Convention Rules

© AFP 2021 / Robyn BeckRepublican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Sputnik International
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The chairman of the Republican National Convention’s Rules Committee ignored eleven states Monday who were demanding a roll-call vote on a measure to allow delegates to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice, Iowa alternate delegate and county commissioner Dominic Godinez told Sputnik.

CLEVELAND (Sputnik) — The change in the rules would have allowed delegates to "vote their conscience" and not for Donald Trump. The states that petitioned for the roll-call vote were Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, the District of Columbia, North Dakota, Alaska, Virginia, Utah, Maine, and Wyoming.

"I had reports that we had 11 states, and for whatever reason out there they said they had only nine. So I’m not sure if they threw them out and disqualified two states," Godinez said of a showdown vote at the Republican convention on Monday.

The change in the rules would have allowed delegates to "vote their conscience" and not for Donald Trump. The states that petitioned for the roll-call vote were Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, the District of Columbia, North Dakota, Alaska, Virginia, Utah, Maine, and Wyoming.

Earlier on Monday, Rules Committee chairman Congressman Steve Womack declared there would be no change to the rules governing the convention.

"We were railroaded," Godinez said. "They had committee chairs in multiple states pulling them [delegates] off the floor and whipping them to take their vote off."

The majority of the Iowa delegation demanded the roll-call vote not to oppose Donald Trump, Godinez said, but to demonstrate the power of the grassroots of the Party over the Republican establishment.

Last week, a small faction of anti-Trump delegates demanded that delegates be unbound from voting for Trump. The measure was defeated at the time and received a second defeat on the floor of the RNC on Monday. The roll-call vote would not have directly affected the Convention rules, only registered the dissent of delegates.

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