2016 Republican National Convention

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.

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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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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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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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been helping craft the party platform at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The GOP delegate had some significant influence on the document.

The platform is a series of policy idea and goals drafted by party officials that will be presented to the full GOP convention next week.

Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Highway Patrol will send troopers to Ohio to help with security at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Highway Patrol was contacted through a national system that allows law enforcement agencies to request help from organizations in other states.

KHP Lieutenant Adam Winters says Kansas troopers will be assisting federal and state law enforcement agencies at the convention.


Special interest groups and some Republican delegates are actively pushing to unbind delegates for the upcoming convention so that they can vote freely for any candidate. One GOP leader in Wichita is not in favor of the move.

Kelly Arnold, chair of the Kansas Republican Party, serves on the committee that determines the rules at the Republican National Convention, which is being held in Cleveland later this month. Arnold says there's a push from people who aren't fully on board with presumptive nominee Donald Trump to vote for another candidate.

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Update at 7:20 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican caucuses in Kansas. He received 48.2 percent of votes, per the AP, with 4,161 votes in Sedgwick County.

Kansas City is competing to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association says it's received its bid package from the Republican National Committee.

Officials from both Kansas and Missouri are still working out what the GOP will want from the host city as far as the number of hotel rooms and transportation requirements.

Several other cities, including Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Detroit also have expressed interest in hosting the 2016 event.