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Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Delegates optimistic party will unite around Donald Trump


Rather, he is part of coalition of dissident delegates trying to undermine Trump's expected nomination during the convention that begins Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. McCormack, the chairman of the Dutchess County Republican Committee and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson are delegates.

"People think that it needs shook up, and I agree with them", he said, adding that Trump can do that in Washington. Walsh said she thinks Trump will most likely become the nominee, but she is not bound to any candidate.

Waverly Woods, a Tea Party activist from Virginia Beach who backed Cruz in the primary, is now on board for Trump in Cleveland as a delegate from the 2nd Congressional District. "It's vitally important that we do that in order to take back the White House".

Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr - a committee member who traveled to Cleveland - says it's the right thing for the party.

None of them plans to be on hand for their party's coronation of Trump and his newly announced VP pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Trump's nomination, Stewart said, will mark a changing of the guard for the GOP as long as Trump doesn't allow the party's establishment to morph him into one of them. "I went on Facebook and social media to find out more". The convention is still three days away, but Cordero said his work is already beginning.

Unruh had previously said she would get the signatures of 28 rules committee members that are required to force a convention vote on her plan.

More than 62 percent of Trump Victory funds came from a group of 64 individuals and organizations that gave at least $100,000 each.

Drivers headed into downtown are seeing signs urging people to call an Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line if they see anything suspicious.

Carnevale said she lobbied fellow Republican delegates to include language in the party platform referring to Trump's call to build a wall along the Mexico border.

When asked if she was concerned about the rumored protests and demonstrations that may occur in Cleveland during the week Young commented that she really was not.

Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said he strongly supported citizens' rights to bear arms, but he is urging people not to take their guns anywhere near Cleveland's downtown during the convention. "But people need to be responsible in their actions". That vote was immediately preceded by a recorded vote of 87 to 12 that made explicit delegates' binding.

Like Barickman, state Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro was a delegate candidate for Rubio and is skipping the convention.

"We're told that the Texas state convention is the largest political convention in the world", Anderson said. "In the last few weeks, we've seen attacks in our country and internationally, and just based on that, if I have to choose who I feel more safe with, Trump or Hillary [Clinton], I feel more safe with Trump". "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it".

"Clearly there's been a reluctance by an establishment class in the Republican Party to get behind Donald Trump", said the 47-year-old representative from Whitman.

The decision strikes down Virginia's ability to fine any delegates that don't vote with the primary's results, but it says nothing about whether the Republican Convention delegates will adopt rules mandating delegates adhere to primary results - the biggest challenge in their path.

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