TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Tucson man plans to be part of a Republican rebellion at that Party's National Convention next week.
Tyler Mott is one of the delegates going to Cleveland. Mott wants to make sure Donald Trump goes not leave the convention as the Republican nominee.
Donald Trump dominated the Republican vote. That’s expected to give him enough delegates to clinch the nomination on the first ballot.
But some delegates like Tyler Mott say a lot of Arizona Republicans did not vote for Trump. Some delegates like Mott are hoping convention rules will allow them to vote for someone other than Trump, or vote for no one at all and open the way for a different candidate.
“We do think we have a lot of people who feel the same way, that Donald Trump is completely unfit to be President of the United States. The things he has said throughout this campaign demonstrate he does not have the integrity to be President of the United States."
Here's the political arithmetic:
Trump needs 1237 to win the nomination.
He has 1543 listed as pledged to him, assuming no one changes their vote.
\To deny Trump a win on the first vote and open the chance for someone else, opponents have to come up with 306 delegates like Tyler Mott.
But none of that adds up unless Trump opponents win some battles with the party rules committee meeting before the convention. They have to get enough votes to let delegates decide if anti Trump delegates can be free to vote for someone else.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked Mott: “You taking some heat for this?”
Mott laughed as he said, “I've received a number of phone calls and emails that have been not so happy about this but at the same time I have to do what I feel is right."
Tucsonan Bruce Ash is on the other side of this. As a member of the Republican National Committee, he'll influence whether delegates will be able to vote for someone other than Trump. He says Trump was not his first choice but thinks Trump won the nomination fair and square and no one should change that.