- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - All 58 of Arizona’s Republican National Convention votes were cast for Donald Trump on Tuesday despite a few anti-Trump delegates considering an effort to force a formal delegate count or to walk out of the convention hall in Cleveland.

The vote tally announced by state party Chairman Robert Graham came a day after anti-Trump delegates in several states failed to get convention rules changed to allow them to vote how they wished.

Graham’s announcement was delivered in classic convention form during the formal roll call vote of the states that officially made Trump the Republican presidential nominee.

“From the hottest state in the country for job growth, Arizona delivers 58 bound votes to the nominee, Donald J. Trump, the next president of the United States of America!” Graham announced to cheers.

A small group of Arizona delegates who objected to state law and party rules requiring them to vote for the winner of the state presidential primary were frustrated by Graham’s announcement.

Jarrod White of Gilbert said Graham didn’t call for a formal delegation vote but just announced the results.

“This is not a legitimate nomination, and there is nothing we can do about it,” he said in a message after the vote. White and delegate Talmage Pearce said they would not have been recognized if they questioned the tally.

“They weren’t going to acknowledge us if we protested our votes,” Pearce said.

Despite the protests, a large majority of Arizona delegates were backing Trump and party unity. Graham said a protest would reflect poorly on those making it.

“That whole unbound delegate movement now is coming across as sore losers and people that can’t just quite give it up,” Graham said. He noted that Monday’s rules vote, heavily protested by anti-Trump delegates, was firmly in favor of keeping the planned rules that bound delegates in many states to back Trump.

“They just don’t have the critical mass to disrupt the will of so many voters across the country,” Graham said.

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