A Trump coronation: Donald Trump is virtually guaranteed to win his party's nomination after an alliance of GOP stalwarts and Trump supporters outlasted what remained of the resistance movement in a marathon rules committee session.
The convention's rules committee used a voice vote to reject a proposal by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh to let delegates "cast a vote of conscience" and abandon the candidates they'd been committed to by state primaries or caucuses.
Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and the party's two most recent presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney, plan to skip the event, as does Ohio Gov. John Kasich, another Trump primary challenger.
"I'm going in to make sure I support our delegation", he said. "Donald Trump is the guy". Lee, who had kept his decision private up until the issue came to a vote, spoke passionately on behalf of unbinding the delegates and made his opposition to Trump as a candidate clear.
"It was never real, it was always overblown", said Ron Kaufman, a party leader from MA after Thursday's late-night vote. The anti-Trump convention will be held less than a mile from where the GOP gathering takes place. How much this platform will impact his views - or how he talks on the campaign trail - remains to be seen.
It's also possible that Trump's polarizing nature could spawn larger-than-usual protests, although that's hard to predict, especially in this volatile year, Peterson said.
Walker, who mounted a brief presidential run himself last summer, acknowledged his reticence about backing Trump, the bombastic NY real estate mogul and reality TV star.
Donald Trump wasn't their first choice for the Republican nominee for president.
"No. 3 is that the delegates freely choose if they are allowed to freely choose".
"Pence is the most extreme pick in a generation", Clinton campaign manager John Podesta said. Winder Newton said she's not a fan of Trump but she's cautious of voting Trump out because he could then run as a third party and all but guarantee a Clinton administration.
"It's important for presidential nominees to win two votes".
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Jewish Federations of North America, usually ubiquitous at conventions, are maintaining low profiles not just at the Republican event but also the Democratic assembly later this month in Philadelphia.
National Republican Chairman Reince Priebus said in a news conference today that he does not believe there are enough votes for a so-called "conscience clause" minority committee report.
Susan Hutchison, who chairs the Washington State Republican Party and is a delegate to the national convention, said she doesn't foresee the delegate revolt gaining momentum.
"If anyone is running a Dump Trump effort, it is just for their personal purposes", he said. "I think one of the things that's missing from a lot of the conversation this year is positivity". "And I don't think Jeb thought it would be a factor one way or the other".
"It's also a signal to the Cruz people that, 'Hey, you all come on board, '" Duncan said.
"I have no intention of returning to those people who I rely on to keep me in office and telling them I had some part in shredding their votes", said Louisiana Committeeman Ross Little Jr., who had been otherwise aligned with Unruh throughout the day on a series of other efforts to take power away from the RNC. For context, according to data from Nielsen, more than 30 million people tuned in for the final night of the convention in 2012, and nearly 39 million people watched the final night of 2008. "I'm kind of excited that we're forging a new path here. We're shredding that to bits".
Trump has been a controversial presidential candidate, alienating minorities, immigrants, women and many of his fellow Republicans with his remarks. Such actions could hurt other Republicans on the ballot, Deutsch warned.
"I wake up this morning to find out that I'm speaking at the Republican National Convention". Top GOP officials will have to decide whether to distance themselves from Trump's nomination or risk news coverage that's embarrassing to Republicans. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was a friend of Trump's, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Brady won't be speaking, either.
Editor's note: Idaho Falls resident Damond Watkins is playing a key role in helping organize the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
At least that's his hope.