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Calif. Delegates Outraged After Cruz Withholds Trump Endorsement

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz was greeted with some of the most sustained cheering of the night, but when he left the stage without endorsing Donald Trump, some members of the California delegation were outraged.

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UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: California delegates to the Republican National Convention are blasting Texas Senator Ted Cruz for not endorsing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"Looking at this just makes you think he'd fit right into the Roman Senate," said former Sacramento-area Congressman Doug Ose, a leading Trump supporter in the California delegation, "where all they did was backstab and overthrow people in office before them. Unbelievable."
 
Los Angeles delegate Alyssa Nicole Selogie said the entire delegation booed Cruz off the stage.
 
"There was that one moment toward the end when he paused and everyone thought - for sure, he was going to endorse him," Selogie said. "And we all waited and we were all yelling, you know? Endorse Trump, endorse Trump! And it didn't happen. And after that - And he just had this smirk on his face. And after that, everyone just went crazy."
 
Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence's speech drew a much warmer reaction.
 
"He was fantastic - I couldn't be happier," Selogie said. "That was an excellent pick for VP."

UPDATE 11 a.m.: CapRadio's Ben Adler has the latest at the Republican National Convention.

 


Coulter Addresses California Delegates

 

Ann Coulter RNC-PUPDATE 10:15 a.m.: Conservative author Ann Coulter threw some red meat to California Republicans this morning as she spoke at the state's GOP convention delegation breakfast.

"I'd sort of like to have at the convention some of the delegates - we need a presentation just from California to warn the country what will happen if we don't elect Trump."

Coulter also joked that while Donald Trump's slogan is "Make America great again," Hillary Clinton's slogan is "Make America California - without the nice beaches."

The California delegation isn't drawing big-name elected officials this week like House Speaker Paul Ryan or Ohio Governor John Kasick. That's because delegates are staying an hour from downtown and California is neither a red state nor a swing state.


UPDATE 10 a.m.: The norovirus outbreak that struck the California delegation to the Republican National Convention appears to be subsiding.

The state Republican Party says there have been no new infections in the last 24 hours, leaving the number of staffers and volunteers to have contracted the virus at 14. At least one of those staff members was able to rejoin the delegation Tuesday night at the convention. No convention delegates have been infected with the virus.

The state GOP says the Erie County Health Department confirmed through testing that there was indeed a norovirus outbreak. The party is also in communication with the Ohio Department of Public Health, and says it's following all state and county health directives.


UPDATE 8 a.m.: Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler is covering the California delegation at the Republican National Convention. He has a recap of Day 2.

Ben Adler At The Republican National Convention

 


ORIGINAL POST: Donald Trump has said he thinks he can win California in the November election. And the state's Republican National Convention delegates think so, too — even though he trails by 30 points.

Bernie Mulligan of Morgan Hill is convinced Donald Trump will win the White House.

"This guy will beat Hillary," says Mulligan. "That, I've got money on. Literally, got money on it."

Mulligan's optimism is nearly unanimous in the California delegation. And it's backed by recent polls showing Trump catching up to Clinton, and in some cases, taking a narrow lead. But Mulligan goes further than that. He says Trump can win California - even though a recent Field Poll showed him at just 28 percent.

"I think you're in for a surprise here and I'll tell you why," says Mulligan. "I think this is Ronald Reagan, 1980 all over again. I really believe that. And I think you're gonna be amazed on Election Night when you see that map turn about 80 percent red."

Many other delegates said they, too, thought Trump could win California. And Trump himself said as much just before last month's primary.

Alternate Jeff Barke from Orange County wouldn't quite go that far, but he still praised the spirit of Trump's comment.

"I know Trump has had this idea that he can win California," says Barke. "I don't know that that's true or not, because I think California strongly leans to the left. But I think his vision of actually trying to accomplish that is a good one."

The delegation's enthusiasm reverberated through the convention hall as Pasadena delegate Shirley Husar cast California's votes in the roll call of states.

"And I am proud to place 172 votes to the nominee of the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump," says Husar.