But once Trump announces his choice - and that might be this week, in advance of the delegates gathering in Cleveland - that candidate will have to pass a series of tests: speaking privately with party leaders, addressing the convention and then doing a series of media interviews. He also said Trump is more likely than Clinton to help pass the Republican House agenda. Indeed, the proposal in the convention Rules Committee to "free" the delegates later this week may not even get enough votes (one quarter of the committee) to earn a vote in the full convention.
Cleveland and the U.S. Secret Service are planning a briefing on security preparations for next week's Republican National Convention.
She, like other Ohio Delegates, had hoped they'd be backing John Kasich at the convention.
The critical battleground will be the meetings of the Rules Committee, which begin on Thursday. Judge Robert E. Payne said Monday the winner-take-all portion of the state law was unconstitutional and can't be enforced. "I'm hearing less and less of it, actually".
"I think it is out of place in an appointed branch of government".
The national party opposes freeing the delegates and it looks like a majority of the rules committee members will vote down the proposal as well, fearing the repercussions if Trump is perceived to have been cheated out of the nomination.
Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr is one of two delegates from New York State who will have a seat at the powerful rules committee table. At the time, Walker encouraged others in the large field to drop out, "so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner", he said, referring to Trump. But the party had no comment on criticisms from its own delegation about its own party not supporting Trump. He says he fears blocking Trump "will actually do damage" to the GOP, in part because of how a spurned Trump might react to such a move. The #NeverTrump initiative hinges on the idea that Republican delegates in Cleveland should be able to unbind from their state's preferences, voting instead based on their personal consciences. And when Covey says he will not switch his vote, he means he will follow party rules.
"I'm sure she'd lose", said Steve Duprey, a Republican national committeeman from New Hampshire who's on both rules committees and is opposing the rebellion. "You can't run for president and not talk about police misconduct and police brutality". Both proposed measures are aimed at Trump, who has not released his returns and won many independent votes in the Republican primaries.
"I think it will be voted down and Trump will be nominated on the first ballot", House said.
But such moves aren't easy.
Ryan laid into the former secretary of state for her use of a private email server after host Jake Tapper questioned the speaker about Republicans trying to undermine Clinton before the general election.
"There is a lot more work to do than normal", said Saul Anuzis, the former chairman of Michigan's Republican Party. "We're not going to spend two hours debating rules".
"There's absolutely no room for me to change my mind for the simple fact I've thought long and hard", he said.