Local GOP delegates prepare for national convention
In two days the Republican National Convention begins. It’s when Donald Trump is expected to go from the presumptive Republican nominee for president to the official choice of the GOP.
This comes after a tough-fought primary. Once Trump reached 1,237 delegates, it became clear he would be the party’s nominee.
Here’s a look at how many delegates are from our Local 6 states: Missouri has 52 republican delegates, Illinois has 69, Tennessee has 58, and Kentucky has 46.
Two of the 46 Kentucky delegates are from McCracken County.
It’s Bill Bartleman’s first time packing for a RNC. He’s a supporter of the conservative cause and recently became a supporter of Donald Trump for president. "I view the convention as somewhat of a pep rally. Like, if you’re sending your football team off to the state convention," he says.
Bartleman tells me that, to him, the convention isn’t just about celebrating Trump. It’s about representing western Kentucky in Cleveland. He has a full schedule for the trip, and it doesn’t include sight seeing.
He says he hopes to: ”get to know people, and hopefully, at some point, if trump’s elected president or when he’s running for president, we can get him to come to west Kentucky.”
Bartleman says he doesn’t believe a second ballot is possible, and he’s convinced Trump will be he’s party’s official pick for president by the end of the convention. “Whether you like or dislike Trump, it’s how the rules were set up, and it’s how the election came out,” he said.
District 1 GOP chairman Richard Grana is also a delegate. This is his third national convention. His district, which includes 35 counties, went for Trump with 14,803 caucus votes, over Ted Cruz’s 13,179.
“Many things are possible at these conventions, but the probability is probably 99 percent. That’s what we are anticipating is Donald Trump…will be the nominee,” Grana said.
If you watch the convention Wednesday night, you may see another familiar face from the commonwealth. Kentucky State Sen. Ralph Alvarado plans to talk about his journey to become a doctor and how hard work pays off. Alvarado is the first Hispanic person elected to state office in Kentucky.