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First day of Republican National Convention filled with tense moments

Colorado's delegation walked out

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.

 


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