REPORT: California GOP opens path to send delegates to 2020 convention even if Trump isn’t on ballot


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California Republicans approved a rule change Sunday allowing the party to send delegates to the GOP’s national convention next summer even if President Trump isn’t on the state ballot, the Associated Press reported.

The measure came in response to a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) earlier this year requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a prerequisite to appearing on the ballot.

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Newsom’s bill was seen as a direct attack on Trump, and the state of California has already been sued by the president and the Republican National Committee (RNC).

RNC member Shawn Steel told AP on Sunday that the new measure is a stop-gap move, but emphasized the disclosure rule will be defeated in court.

“It’s just planning ahead,” he said.

The rule change would allow the party to hold a special convention after California’s March 2020 primary and determine the candidate, in this case Trump, and organize delegates to send to the convention.

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