Tonight is a big night for the Republican National Convention. A roll call vote of all Republican delegates will take place in order to give Donald Trump the official nomination. Although he’s expected to get the nomination without any problems, the “Never Trump” movement might throw in some chaos or protests, so you’ll definitely want to watch the entire event.
Here’s what you need to know.
Tonight on Tuesday, July 19, the Republican National Convention will kick off with the roll call vote for the nominee. This will begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Traditionally, a roll call vote is taken of each state, where Trump should receive the nomination. He has more than enough delegates to qualify to be the Republican nominee.
Rep. Chris Collins will give the first of two speeches that second the nomination of Donald Trump for the Republican candidacy for President. Collins’ speech will be a three-minute speech taking place at 6:05 p.m. Eastern. Collins is likely getting this honor because he was the first member of the House to endorse Trump. The announced timing of his speech means that the roll call vote itself is only expected to last about 30 minutes.
Of course, the Never Trump group would like to throw a wrench in those plans. On Monday, the group tried to obtain enough signatures to force a roll call vote to allow delegates to vote based on their conscience, not based on how their state voted. They were not able to get enough signatures. The group likely still has plans for today. Kendrall Unruh, a Colorado delegate and leader of the anti-Trump movement, told Cleveland.com that they were going to challenge the votes from the floor.
During the roll call, not every state will vote for Trump. For example, Ohio committed to vote for Gov. John Kasich. However, Trump has already gotten all the 1,237 delegates he needs for the nomination.
To find out what time & channel you can watch the Convention proceedings today, see our story here.
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