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Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack in charge as delegates OK rules

July 18, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Arkansas congressman presiding over the Republican National Convention when delegates approved the session’s rules by a voice vote says opponents didn’t have enough support to force a state-by-state vote.

Social conservatives and Donald Trump opponents wanted a roll call, but Rep. Steve Womack abruptly put the rules to a vote Monday and declared them approved. After opponents shouted again for a detailed vote, and made a motion, Womack rejected their request.

GOP leaders wanted to avoid a roll-call of the states, saying that while it was likely that delegates would approve the rules, a public vote might highlight party divisions.

Petitions from nine states initially asked for a roll call, but Womack said some delegates withdrew support and that only six states had valid requests. Seven were needed.

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