07-18-2016, 10:49 PM
http://bangordailynews.com/2016/07/18/politics/never-trump-effort-rebuffed-after-maine-delegation-flips-on-rules-vote/ By Staff and wire reports, Special to the BDN
Posted July 18, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.
Last modified July 18, 2016, at 7:44 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Republican attempts to slow Donald Trump’s march to the presidential nomination failed on Monday afternoon — but not before chaos erupted on the Republican National Convention floor as a national audience watched.
A renegade group of delegates — including some from Maine — seeking to force a rules vote that would have embarrassed Trump backers and top GOP officials on the first day of their national meeting was rebuffed in a controversial voice vote, clearing the path for Trump to accept the nomination with no formal challenge.
But it prompted an outcry and triggered a disorderly sequence of events broadcast live on cable news networks and the convention’s official video feed, underscoring deep rifts that continue to plague the Republican Party during a week that was supposed to reflect unity.
Just after 4 p.m., the movement by anti-Trump forces to compel the convention to vote on a set of rules to formalize Trump’s nomination and begin laying out the guidelines for the 2020 elections was denied. While such a measure would have been unlikely to pass, it would have briefly empowered Trump’s foes and slowed the mogul.