The Latest: Anti-Trump Virginia delegate presents case

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Posted: Jul 07, 2016 7:32 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a federal lawsuit filed by an anti-Donald Trump delegate to the GOP national convention (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Committee national convention who opposes Donald Trump's bid for the presidency is hopeful an upcoming federal ruling on state election law will serve as a spark for the GOP to pick a different candidate.

Carroll Correll Jr. said outside a federal courthouse in Richmond on Thursday that Republicans can do better than Trump.

Judge Robert E. Payne heard testimony during a day-long hearing on Correll's legal challenge to state election law. Correll says Virginia law is unconstitutional because it allows for criminal penalties for GOP delegates who don't vote for the winner of the March 1 primary, which Trump won.

Payne's decision is expected next week.

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8:44 a.m.

A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Committee who wants to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention later this month is set to make his case before a federal judge.

The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr. of Winchester, Virginia, argues in a lawsuit that being forced to vote against his conscience is a violation of his constitutional rights. Correll says he won't vote for Trump because he believes the billionaire businessman is unfit to serve as president.

Virginia binds its delegates' first round of votes at the convention to the results of the March 1 primary, which Trump won.

Judge Robert E. Payne is set to hear arguments in the case Thursday morning in Richmond.