Alaska delegate delays convention by requesting new count
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A delegate from Alaska requested the state’s vote tally be recounted, delaying the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE had already secured the presidential nomination.

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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) appeared ready to certify the results and declare Trump the nominee. But a delegate from Alaska protested, saying his state’s vote count had been recorded improperly.

Ryan huddled briefly with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on stage at 8 p.m. as scores of viewers were tuning into the convention on national television.

In an unscripted development, party officials agreed to individually count the votes for every Alaska delegate. An RNC official called out the name of each delegate and tallied the vote by hand.
 
The convention went into recess, with loud music blasting throughout the hall as the RNC conducted the poll.
 
Alaska should have given 12 votes to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops MORE (R-Texas), 11 to Trump, and five to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioConfusion surrounds launch of 9B in small-business loans Trump officials report billions in small business loans on first day of program Miami Herald: Citadel Securities has set up shop in Palm Beach Four Seasons amid NY outbreak MORE (R-Fla.), the delegate said. But the secretary of the convention allocated all of the delegates to Trump.
 
Priebus later explained that the rules give all of the votes to the only candidate still in the race.
 
Peter Goldberg, a delegate, said the state had been confused by how the original vote was tallied and the delegation insisted on a second tally.
 
He said that normally the state reallocated its delegates when a candidate drops out, but since GOP challengers suspended their campaigns instead of dropping out, those votes were never shifted to Trump.
 
After the vote was tallied, the state's delegates celebrated, pleased they were able to extract a detailed tally from the RNC.
 
Both Washington, D.C., and Utah delegate chairmen told The Hill their delegations weren't interested in following Alaska's lead. Both those states attempted to report different results than those ultimately recognized by the RNC.