Anti-Trump Virginia delegate wins portion of lawsuit

Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention Carroll Correll, left, gestures as he talks with the media after a hearing on his lawsuit, in front of federal court in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 7, 2016. Correll wants to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention later this month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Virginia law that binds the states’ national political party delegates to a winner-take-all format, a ruling one GOP delegate hopes will embolden Republicans to vote for someone other than Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.

Judge Robert E. Payne ruled Monday that a law requiring the state to award all its delegates to the winners of the presidential primaries — and proscribes potential criminal penalties for those who disobey — is unconstitutional.

But the law was so obscure that the GOP delegates already planned on voting proportionally at the convention, and not winner-takes-all. The ruling does not free the delegates from voting proportionally based on the results of the March 1 primary, which Trump won.

Carroll Correll Jr., an anti-Trump delegate, had challenged the law.

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