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Anti-Trump forces lose vote on bid to disrupt convention

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People walked into the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.
People walked into the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.EVA HAMBACH

CLEVELAND — In a major blow to Republican foes of Donald Trump, a committee at the GOP national convention voted late Thursday to rebuff a push to let delegates vote for any presidential candidate they'd like.

The rules committee used a voice vote to reject a proposal by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh to let delegates ''cast a vote of conscience'' and abandon the candidate they had been committed to by state primaries or caucuses.

The amendment became the focal point of furious lobbying that's pitted conservatives against the Trump campaign and top leaders of the Republican Party. On a 112-member rules panel dominated by party and Trump loyalists, the outcome was expected.

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Unruh, like many of her allies a delegate for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his abandoned presidential campaign, has said she expects to collect signatures from 28 members of the rules panel.

That would be enough to bring her proposal to a vote by the full convention, which opens Monday.

Trump campaign and Republican National Committee officials say they expect to prevent her from accomplishing that.

Associated Press

Supporters share doubts about Clinton, Trump in poll

NEW YORK — On the eve of the major party conventions, voters are grudgingly rallying around the nominees while expressing broad misgivings about the candidates, the campaign, and the direction of the country, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

More than a third of Republicans say they are disappointed or upset that Donald Trump, who crashed the party's nominating process, will represent them in the fall campaign; an equal number say he does not represent the values for which the party should stand.

Democrats are only marginally happier with Hillary Clinton as their party's candidate.

A quarter of Democratic voters say they are disappointed in her as the nominee; an additional 7 percent say they are upset. More promisingly for her, three-quarters say Clinton stands for the core values and principles of the Democratic Party.

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The broad discontent is reflected in the head-to-head contest, which has Trump and Clinton tied at 40 percent. Trump's standing has held steady for weeks at about 40 percentage points, while Clinton has polled in the mid-40s in most public surveys.

The latest Times/CBS News Poll was conducted after the FBI rebuked her for her e-mail practices but before Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her persistent primary rival, endorsed her this week in New Hampshire. So the dip in her standing could be temporary if the Democrats, who are more united as a party than the Republicans, pull off a successful convention in Philadelphia.

Last week, the FBI director, James B. Comey, recommended no criminal charges be filed against Clinton over her handling of classified information on a private e-mail server, but he called her actions "extremely careless." The investigation undercut many of Clinton's statements over the past 18 months to explain and defend her decision to rely on the private server at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y.

In a development not seen in any modern presidential contest, more than half of all voters hold unfavorable views of the two major party candidates, and large majorities say neither is honest and trustworthy.

Only half of voters say Clinton is prepared to be president, while two-thirds say that Trump is not ready for the job — including 4 in 10 Republicans.

The nationwide poll was conducted July 8-12 on cellphones and landlines among 1,358 registered voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for all voters.

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Clinton still leads in averages of recent polls, though her margin has narrowed since late June.

New York Times