CLEVELAND – A failed attempted coup against convention rules roiled the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday, as party unity gave way to a brief floor fight.
A contingent of delegates tried what is likely the last effort to change party convention rules to free delegates bound by primary results to vote for a presidential nominee other that Donald Trump.
Instead of a state-by-state roll call vote, Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack, presiding over the rules vote, held a voice vote and announced the results.
"The ayes have it," he said, prompting a few minutes of blow back and anger from opposing delegates.
Colorado's delegation walked out. A Trump fundraiser quit.
"They had very little support, not enough to get their motion passed," Nelson Diaz, Miami-Dade GOP chair, said.