- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on the South Carolina Republican Convention (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

South Carolina has rounded out its slate of delegates for the Republican National Convention later this summer.

Party activists gathered Saturday to elect 26 delegates to complete the state’s 50-member contingent.

Earlier Saturday, top Republicans including Gov. Nikki Haley preached a message of unity to around 500 people gathered for the state’s annual Republican convention.

Haley said Republicans can do great things when they are united but made no mention of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump during her remarks. She also criticized the Republican-dominated Legislature.

Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster says the country needs a leader like the billionaire businessman to defeat Democrats in November. McMaster was the highest ranking state official to endorse Trump before the state’s February presidential primary.

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10:55 a.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley says the state’s Republicans are united in their pursuit of conservative ideals.

But the second-term governor made no mention of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during her address Saturday to the state party’s annual convention.

And her message wasn’t all about unity. She took time to go after the Republican-dominated Legislature for spending time and on projects that benefit themselves and their home districts.

Haley also pledged to veto next week a bill overwhelmingly approved that she says gives an unfair bailout to the state’s farmers in the wake of last fall’s historic flooding. Haley calls it a bailout and says she won’t support one industry over another.

The convention in Columbia is picking the remaining 26 state delegates to send to July’s Republican National Convention.

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10:15 a.m.

Republicans are preaching a message of unity at this year’s South Carolina convention.

Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster told more than a hundred people gathered for a unity breakfast Saturday that the country has an opportunity to make a real difference if Republicans unify behind presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

McMaster was South Carolina’s highest-ranking elected official to endorse Trump. He says South Carolina can be a model for the country with its support of the billionaire businessman.

Later in the day, Gov. Nikki Haley will address the convention, which is tasked with picking the remaining 26 of the state’s 50 delegates to the Republican National Convention in July.

Haley first endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio, then said she’d support Sen. Ted Cruz. This week Haley said she’d support the party’s nominee.

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7 a.m.

Unity is the name of the game at this year’s South Carolina Republican convention.

The state’s Republican convention begins Saturday with a unity breakfast held by the Donald Trump campaign. Organizers say speakers include Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, South Carolina’s highest-ranking elected official to endorse Trump’s bid.

Later in the day, Gov. Nikki Haley will address the convention, which is tasked with picking the remaining 26 of the state’s 50 delegates to the Republican National Convention in July.

Haley first endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio, then said she’d support Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump. This week Haley said she would support the party’s nominee and isn’t interested in being considered to run as vice president.

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