UPDATE: 6:14 P.M.
While Donald Trump's nomination is now inevitable, the rules issue on the floor hasn't sat well with at least one of the candidate's fundraisers.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) July 18, 2016
UPDATE: 5:44 P.M.
Seattle station KIRO Ch. 7 was booted from the floor of the convention.
— KIRO 7 Jussero (@JJusseroKIRO7) July 18, 2016
UPDATE: 4:51 P.M.
Ohio Politics Editor Anthony Shoemaker: Chaos on convention floor as Colorado delegation walks out .
UPDATE: 4:45 P.M.
Utah Senator Mike Lee, interviewed on CNN, upset over party leader walking off stage during attempt to get roll call vote. Said action was unprecedented by party at convention. Also said 10 to 11 states were willing to vote instead of the reported nine, which Trump supporters whittled to six.
Ohio Politics editor Anthony Shoemaker's photo of Colorado delegation walking out of RNC.
UPDATE: 4:20 P.M.
The Colorado Republican Delegation has walked out of the RNC.
— Anthony Shoemaker (@DaytonPolitics) July 18, 2016
UPDATE: 4:15 P.M.
Anger on the floor of the Republican National Convention.
Lots of yelling on the floor, as the chair jams the Rules report through with no vote
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 18, 2016
An outpouring of anger on floor of #RNCinCLE as the chair jams the Rules report through with no vote. Delegates chant for roll call vote.
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) July 18, 2016
— lbischoff (@lbischoff) July 18, 2016
Unified? Shouts from the floor of the #RNCinCLE after the GOP rules are adopted
— Sharman Sacchetti (@SharmanTV) July 18, 2016
UPDATE: 4:10 P.M.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Politics Blog, Trump-backer and delegate Ryan Evans said they've already performed a roll call and have the 2,000-plus votes needed to get Trump across the finish line for the nomination. Despite the confidence, the scene was frantic with one "Never Trump" supporter saying the convention secretary went into hiding behind armed security to keep from taking the vote.
Trump backer and delegate Randy Evans says Trump team has already whipped potential roll call vote. Believe they'd have 2000+ for rules
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 18, 2016
A delegate part of this movement claims convention secretary "hiding behind armed guards" to "muzzle the delegates."
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) July 18, 2016
Delegates from the states that signed the petition "are getting bullied," according to @BeauCorrell, a leader of these renegade delegates
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) July 18, 2016
Delegates from nine states are currently making efforts to keep the party from moving forward with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.
— Jim Galloway (@politicalinsidr) July 18, 2016
According to Politco:
Cleveland —Republicans looking to unseat Donald Trump as their party’s presidential nominee appear to have the signatures they need to force a full vote on the national convention rules, a move intended to provide a platform for anti-Trump voices and to embarrass the billionaire.
To force that vote, the faction would need signatures from the majority of delegates from 7 states or territories. According to documents provided to POLITICO, they have a majority of signatures from 9: Colorado, Washington state, Utah, Minnesota, Wyoming, Maine, Iowa, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The GOP rules committee reiterated earlier today that any effort to remove Trump as the nominee would not succeed.
Members of the GOP convention’s rules committee say there will be no changes that could deny the Republican nomination to Donald Trump.
There are still efforts to force a state-by-state roll call on the rules for the convention. Such a maneuver could draw out the process and disrupt the flow of the convention. But it won’t change the outcome.
“The war is over, Donald Trump will be the nominee,” said Bruce Ash, an Arizona delegate who sits on the rules committee.
Dissident delegates want to change the rules to allow them to vote their conscience. Under current rules, they must vote for the candidate who won them.