GOP delegate suing, doesn't support Donald Trump

GOP delegate suing, doesn't support Donald Trump

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Beau Correll (Source: NBC12) Beau Correll (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A GOP delegate from Northern Virginia will be taking on the government because he says he's forced to vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot, although he doesn't really want to. 

Beau Correll says the law violates his First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of association.

However, by law, he has to vote for Trump because Trump won Virginia's primary. If Correll does not vote for Trump, he can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is firing back. He says the law is the law and that Correll should have been aware of that when he took office.

Part of Correll's frustration is he feels voting for Trump is essentially giving Hillary Clinton the win.

"I'm gonna go there, vote my conscience, and I'm not gonna vote for Donald Trump," Correll said. "If you are for Donald Trump, here today, you're almost for certain defeat, and a Hillary Clinton presidency."

If Correll wins, it could spark the green light for other delegates to revolt against Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The case will be heard at the Federal Courthouse in Richmond on Thursday.

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