Anti-Trump GOP delegates still coming up short

Leaders of “Free the Delegates,” a coalition of various groups hoping to stop Trump at the Republican convention in Cleveland this month, conceded Tuesday night that they’re far short of the votes needed to change GOP presidential nomination rules and reopen the battle.

“It’s just continuing to be the uphill battle that I knew it would be,” said Kendal Unruh, a group leader.

Despite near-daily conversations with delegates worried about Trump’s presumed nomination, “There’s just a lot of pressure, a lot of fear, a lot of ‘I’m with you in theory, but I’m trying to get the courage to come out and support it,’” she told group members on a weekly conference call…

Unruh would need at least 56 votes to approve her proposal to allow delegates to vote however they want, instead of being bound to the results of state caucuses and primaries. After that, a majority of the convention’s delegates would need to vote for her plan when the party meeting opens on July 18.

But Unruh’s idea has the public support of less than 10 members of the rules panel, according to a Washington Post tally of delegates.