- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Several Maine Republicans led unsuccessful efforts to disrupt the party’s national convention ahead of real estate mogul Donald Trump’s nomination.

Maine was one of at least nine states to initially have a majority of delegates sign onto an effort to force a state-by-state roll call vote on changing party rules. The effort failed after convention officials said some delegates from Maine, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., withdrew.

One signatory was state Sen. Eric Brakey, who at the 2012 Republican National Convention took part in Maine delegates’ failed protest against an RNC decision unseating Maine supporters of Libertarian candidate Ron Paul.

Brakey said the RNC “twisted the arms of people who signed” and didn’t let states know if they fell beneath the signature threshold.

He said the rules vote wasn’t “pro-Trump or anti-Trump.”

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