— -- Some bound Republican delegates are still convinced that they will get to vote according to their conscience, hoping to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee. Recent developments, however, show a dwindling likelihood that such efforts will be successful.
On this week’s episode of “Powerhouse Politics,” ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein spoke with one “Never Trump” delegate, who is bound to vote for Donald Trump but hopes to vote for another candidate, and the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, who plans to vote for Trump.
Beau Correll, a member of the Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, who supports the movement to release bound delegates, told Karl and Klein that “Donald Trump is living in fantasy.” Correll claims to have enough support among like-minded Republicans to challenge the party’s rules in order to unbind delegates by submitting a minority report to the floor of the convention.
The leader of that movement, Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, has told ABC News that she will no longer pursue a minority report.
Correll accused the RNC of undermining efforts to challenge the rules, saying “the RNC, in collusion with the Trump campaign, faked a printer jam” in order to combat efforts to unbind delegates, referring to a delay at a Thursday Rules Committee proceeding that the chairman of the committee originally attributed to a technical malfunction.
“He will be stopped,” Correll said, referring to Trump. “This is not a sure thing for Donald Trump. And until he is the nominee, he is not the nominee.”
Matt Moore, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, pushed back, saying that “a person won under the rules that we set out and that should be respected,” referring to Trump.
“I don’t think that even if this did get to the convention floor there’s a majority of delegates who are willing to do something so unprecedented … and wrangle the nomination from someone who duly won the nomination,” Moore said, discussing the possibility of a minority report being submitted to the floor.
Efforts to unbind delegates were set back Thursday night at an RNC Rules Committee meeting. A proposal to unbind delegates was defeated after leaders could not reach the number of votes to even have a discussion.
Unruh, the delegate from Colorado who had been leading efforts to submit a minority report to the convention, told ABC News today that rather than continue to advocate for a vote on the convention floor by submitting a minority report, delegates who are supportive of the unbinding efforts should instead vote their conscience, regardless of party rules.
"The rules committee is not granting us any rights," Unruh told ABC News. "The delegates have the power: Take the power.”
This means that efforts to force a vote on the convention floor have been dropped.
ABC News’ Ryan Struyk, Shushannah Walshe, and John Parkinson contributed to this report.