The Latest: Last gasp for conservatives trying to stop Trump


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

It’s a last gasp for conservatives who are trying to derail Donald Trump’s drive for the Republican presidential nomination.

A committee at the GOP national convention has crushed their bid to let delegates back the candidate of their choice.

The convention’s rules committee is dominated by Trump backers, as well as national and state GOP officials.

It’s appeared uncertain whether the conservatives could get enough support to force the full convention to revisit the proposal when the convention opens on Monday.

Foes say they believe the movement is essentially finished.

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9:30 a.m.

Donald Trump has offered Indiana Gov. Mike Pence the vice presidential spot on the Republican ticket — and Trump aides have told Pence that the formal announcement could come as early as Saturday.

That word comes from a Republican with direct knowledge of the selection process. The Republican wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the details of Trump’s search for a running mate and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Republican says Trump made the offer on Thursday afternoon, before Pence traveled later in the day to New York.

Trump delayed his plans for a vice presidential announcement Thursday night after the truck attack in France.

Trump said in television interviews Thursday night that he hadn’t yet settled on a “final, final” choice — leaving open the possibility that Trump could change his mind.

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