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Three Ways Republicans Could Dump Trump in Cleveland

The Republican convention is 10 days away



    In this June 18, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks in Las Vegas.

    Presumptive nominee Donald Trump is heading into the Republican convention with 1,541 delegates — well over what’s needed to win the GOP nomination. But delegates opposed to Trump could still jeopardize his nomination, according to NBC News. 

    Anti-Trump rebels are trying to pass a rule at the Rules Committee meeting Thursday to allow delegates to vote for whomever they want on the first ballot. If their efforts fail, they could cause a disruption on the floor to try to force a vote of all delegates. 

    The Rules Committee may also require a supermajority instead of a simple majority to win the GOP nomination. 

    A third way anti-Trump delegates may try to stop him from achieving the nomination is by abstaining from voting, which would keep him from achieving the 1,237 number needed for a majority.

    But none of these scenarios are likely to be successful, according to Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg, because most Republicans aren't rebels and because there's no alternative to Trump.