Republicans Reject Last-Ditch Attempt To Stop Trump Securing Nomination

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati on July 6. John Sommers II/Getty

A long-shot, last-ditch attempt by a few Republican delegates to prevent Donald Trump from securing the GOP nomination failed by an overwhelming margin late Thursday night.

The rules committee of the Republican National Convention shut down an effort by the Never Trump movement to allow delegates to vote according to their conscience and not be bound by the result of their states' primaries. The hope of these advocates of "freeing the delegates" is that, once unbound and free to oppose Trump, they would deny the presumptive nominee a majority on the floor of the convention and force a second ballot.

The process for them to do so was to gain to the support of one quarter of the rules committee, but they fell far short of doing so.

Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016

Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016

My prayers and condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy in Nice, France. We are with you in every way!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016

Donald Trump was due to name his running mate on Friday morning, but said he was postponing the announcement in "in light of the horrible attack in Nice, France." More than 80 people died after a truck driver deliberately ran them down during Bastille Day celebrations.

Trump, who has been repeatedly outspoken over what he believes has been the West's weak response to terror, asked his supporters "When will we ever learn?"

He turned to Twitter to get his message across to his 9.72 million followers.

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