HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Republican Party leaders have turned aside an effort to change the rules at the party’s upcoming national convention to make it harder for the GOP to nominate a fresh presidential candidate.

The showdown comes as many top Republicans believe the party’s two top presidential contenders, Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, are likely losers in this November’s general election.

The Republican Party’s rules committee rejected the proposal Thursday by voice vote.

The change was offered by Solomon Yue, a Republican National Committee member from Oregon. He says current rules give the convention’s presiding officer too much power.

Party leaders worked to defeat the plan. They say that by making any rules changes, they would be accused of trying to unfairly help a presidential hopeful.

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