W.Va. Playing a Major Role In Trump RNC Nomination

Mountain State to present votes during broadcast

AP Photo - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to introduce his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention Monday in Cleveland.

WHEELING — If all goes as planned, it will be the votes of the West Virginia delegation that put Donald Trump over the top for the Republican nomination for president during tonight’s “roll call of the states” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The delegation is slated to be one of nine to present their votes during primetime coverage of the convention tonight, according to former West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart, who also serves as co-chairman of Trump’s campaign in the state. Stuart said he was informed of the plan on Saturday by the campaign.

Trump needs 1,237 votes from among the 2,472 delegates present to receive the nomination. The West Virginia delegation is a smaller delegation, and has just 34 votes — but based on the expected order of voting, one of those 34 people should give Trump his 1,237th vote.

“It all depends on how it (the voting) goes, and if the states vote the way they should,” Stuart said. “(West Virginia) is playing a prominent role in the convention, and we’ve played an important role in campaign from the start.

“The intention is that West Virginia puts Donald Trump over the top. We’ve been asked to put him over the top,” Stuart continued.

One need only look at the convention seating chart and speaker schedule to see West Virginia already has been given a major presence at the convention.

The 34-member state delegation has been seated near the front on the convention floor, and is close to the center podium. Speakers at the convention will look out to see the West Virginia delegates at their right.

The West Virginians are seated only behind the delegation from Connecticut — and in front of the delegation from Indiana, the home state of presumptive vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence.

And tonight during primetime, following the roll call of the states, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. is slated to address the convention. She is scheduled to speak just after remarks from Donald Trump Jr., son of the presidential candidate, and before former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

Stuart also has been asked by the Trump campaign to make a series of motions on the convention floor pertaining to the rules and platform committee. These motions are part of the process leading to the eventual call for nomination of Trump.

Stuart said he believes the Trump campaign has placed such a spotlight on West Virginia because of the early support for his candidacy shown by the state.

Trump received 77 percent of the vote among 11 GOP candidates on the ballot for president in West Virginia.

“We will have a great partner in Washington if  he wins the presidency,” Stuart said. “They speak often of the importance of  West Virginia to the nation, and the importance of its people, and they seem genuine and sincere. It’s what I love about this campaign.”

Other members of West Virginia’s delegation were not able to be reached for comment.

Today’s RNC Headliners

“Headliners” listed by the Republican Party as speakers Tuesday evening at the national convention include:

U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va.

Donald Trump Jr.

Dr. Ben Carson.

Actress Kimberlin Brown.

Speakers scheduled for the Republican National Convention tonight include:

RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day.

Dana White, president, Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

Businessman Andy Wist.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Chris Cox, of the National Rifle Association.

Professional golfer Natalie Gulbis.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

U.S. Speaker of the House  Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

New Jersey Gov. Chris  Christie.

Tiffany Trump, daughter of Donald Trump.

Kerry Woolard, manager of Trump Winery.

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