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Arizona casts all 58 convention votes for Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech at a New York City campaign stop on June 22. New campaign numbers show Trump raised only a fraction of the GOP campaign donations from Arizonans so far this year. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons)

All 58 of Arizona’s Republican National Convention votes have been cast for Donald Trump.

The vote tally announced by state party Chairman Robert Graham came despite vows by some anti-Trump delegates to force a formal count of the delegates or to walk out of the convention hall in Cleveland.

The announcement came during Tuesday’s formal roll call vote of the states.

Graham’s announcement was delivered in classic convention form:

“From the hottest state in the country for job growth, Arizona delivers 58 bound votes to the nominee, Donald J. Trump, the next president of the United States of America!” Graham announced to cheers.

Arizona delegate Jarrod White had said he and some other delegates were considering not voting, refusing to vote or trying to challenge the delegation vote tally.

Arizona delegates to the Republican National Convention who don’t want to vote for Donald Trump are considering last-minute efforts to avoid casting a ballot for the presumptive nominee.

Arizona delegate Jarrod White says delegates are considering not voting, refusing to vote or trying to challenge the delegation vote tally at Tuesday night’s session. That’s when the convention officially nominates Trump as the GOP candidate.

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham said there’s a chance opponents may rise to contest his vote tally Tuesday night. But he says it won’t help because state law and party rules bind all delegates to the state primary winner. And he notes the vast majority of the state delegation backs Trump.

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