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Dalton Glasscock

The Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland on Thursday with an acceptance speech from GOP nominee Donald Trump. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has reaction from a Wichita delegate in attendance.

It was the first time 21-year-old Dalton Glasscock attended the Republican National Convention as a delegate; in 2012--then too young to even vote--he went as a page.

Glasscock says the evening was electrifying, and he thinks Trump’s speech helped the party come together, especially for those hesitant about Donald Trump and what he might say.

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When you’re a Republican, and the governor is a Republican, and the governor has a low approval rating, running for office can be tricky. In a state Senate race in Topeka, both Republicans are trying to keep their distance.

Courtesy Kelly Arnold

Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says it has been an exciting week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland leading up to GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech tonight.

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The chairman of Ted Cruz's campaign in Kansas said Thursday that the Texas senator has "harmed himself immeasurably" by not endorsing Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback also expressed disappointment.

Kansas state Rep. Mark Kahrs of Wichita said he was disappointed in Cruz because the senator had the opportunity in his convention speech to "provide unity to our party and strengthen the ticket." Kahrs said he admires Cruz as a true conservative.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is now open for voting in advance of the Aug. 2 primary election.

Paper ballots and electronic voting machines are available to cast your ballot at the Sedgwick County Election Office. You can vote at the office through Aug. 1. Next week, 15 locations across Sedgwick County will also offer in-person early voting.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has championed laws restricting voting that are rippling across the country. The conservative Republican argues the tough laws on voting eligibility are needed to protect elections against fraud, but critics contend such restrictions are unnecessary and suppress voter turnout, particularly among the young and minority voters.

Arizona enacted the nation's first proof of citizenship law in 2004, followed by similar laws in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.

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A candidate in the Sedgwick County Commission race for District 3 is getting support from City of Wichita leaders.

David Dennis describes himself as a conservative Republican. He is challenging Karl Peterjohn for the commission’s District 3 seat in the August 2nd primary election.

Dennis picked up endorsements Tuesday from Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and city council members Pete Meitzner (City Council District II) and Bryan Frye (City Council District V).

The Republican National Convention

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts took the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday afternoon. Roberts is the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and says rural America is hurting due to overregulation.

Pat Roberts told those in attendance that the Obama administration is making it nearly impossible for farmers and ranchers to do their jobs. He said they feel ruled, not governed, due to overreaching regulation by the federal government.

Roberts praised Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

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A new survey reveals low opinions of Gov. Sam Brownback among Kansas residents.

Survey USA interviewed 800 adults earlier this month—675 of them registered to vote—for a study sponsored by KSN News. It shows that 72 percent of people surveyed say they have an unfavorable view of the governor, including 50 percent with an “extremely unfavorable” view of him. Just 20 percent have a favorable opinion of Brownback.

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Republican Party leaders have been crafting their platform ahead of the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. Delegates will decide whether or not to adopt the platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Among the proposed planks is one calling for a reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legalized same-sex unions in all 50 states.

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