What do Kansans expect at the Republican National Convention?

Joel Southam installs a pole marking the section for delegates from Puerto Rico as preparations take place for the Republican National Convention inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Delegates from all 50 states are traveling to Ohio to cast votes to decide the Republican presidential candidate.  There are a lot of things waiting for Kansans when they get to Cleveland, the site for this year’s Republican National Convention. This year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland comes with a couple surprises.

“The biggest surprise of course is and has been Donald Trump as the nominee, so in that sense we may see fewer surprises going forward,” Bob Beatty, a political analyst said.

There will be 40 delegates from Kansas on the convention floor. Of those 40, there will be 23 delegates voting for Texas Senator Ted Cruz until he releases them. Kansas party rules state delegates are tied to a certain candidate until they are released. Once candidates are released they are free to vote for who they want to.

“I don’t know of anybody that intends to not vote for trump if they are released,” Clay Barker, Kansas GOP Executive Director said.

Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee this year for the GOP. The Republican Committee plans on hitting democrat weak points hard on the first night. They will be focusing on Trump’s possible opponent.

“It will be dedicated to talking about Benghazi and trying to make Hillary Clinton look bad in light of what happened in Benghazi,” Beatty said.

There is another surprise though, and that is a change in guest speakers this year. There will be six former party presidential nominees will be speaking in Cleveland, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Cruz are a few of Trump’s invited guests. Party power players include the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich. They both will also be behind the podium at the Republican National Convention.

“I can see it is framed of more speakers for the people as opposed to politicians,” Barker said.

And with the convention marking a milestone in the long presidential election process, Barker says it’s a good time for people to get reinvested in politics.

“Well hopefully after the convention everyone is pumped up and excited and goes home and is ready to campaign,” Barker told KSNT News.

The Republican National Convention will last from July 18th until July 21st.


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