Anti-Trump GOP delegate wins lawsuit

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Donald Trump on Thursday held his first rally as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee and jokingly lamented the end of the bitter primary season.

By Tom LoBianco

CLEVELAND (CNN) — A Virginia Republican delegate fighting to vote against Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention next week won a critical court battle Monday, but still faces a series of obstacles.

The decision is a win for anti-Trump delegates, but it only removes one hurdle in their attempt to break free from voting for Trump.

The decision strikes down Virginia’s ability to fine any delegates that don’t vote with the primary’s results, but it says nothing about whether the Republican Convention delegates will adopt rules mandating delegates adhere to primary results — the biggest challenge in their path.

A federal judge ruled that a Virginia state law fining Republican delegates up $2,500 if they didn’t vote for the winner of the state primary overstepped the boundaries between the state and political parties.

“It’s amazing. This is not just a victory in Virginia for delegates, but this is a victory for delegates all over the country who want to vote their consciences,” said Beau Correll, the Republican delegate who filed the suit as part of a broader push by anti-Trump delegates to derail his nomination next week.

Correll said the decision, which removes one tool that party leaders and the Trump campaign had to enforce primary results, will embolden anti-Trump delegates in the other states that have similar provisions. He said, however, that he did not think additional lawsuits were planned in those states.