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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, gives a thumbs up as he talks with production crew during a walk through in preparation for his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland. At right is is daughter Ivanka. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Early Trump backers bask in glory at convention

Amid all the holdouts and lukewarm backers at the convention here, there are a handful of prominent Republicans who bought early tickets on the Trump Train, and they are now collecting their due. Published July 21, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage as boos rained down on him from the rafters of the Quicken Loans Arena, amid demands that he endorse Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Cruz booed as he withholds Trump endorsement in convention speech

Conservatives continued to battle for the soul of the Republican Party at its national convention Wednesday, with Sen. Ted Cruz refusing to endorse nominee Donald Trump and instead delivering a speech that many in the crowd saw as the kickoff of the 2020 presidential campaign. Published July 20, 2016

"After allowing a spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over," Sen. Marco Rubio said. "It is time to come together and fight for a new direction for America." (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio urges GOP to 'come together,' rally behind Trump

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called for unity Thursday in a video message at the Republican National Convention, urging party activists to rally behind Donald Trump and assuring them that the New York billionaire is poised to put the nation on a more conservative path. Published July 20, 2016

Republicans hoped that the campaign would operate in a more traditional manner with Paul Manafort at the helm given his experience with conventional campaigns. (Associated Press)

Trump campaign remains clumsy despite experience of Manafort

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was hired to bring a steady hand, professionalism and competence Donald Trump's presidential operation, but the first two days of the GOP convention signaled the campaign remains clumsy. Published July 20, 2016

Donald Trump's children Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump celebrate on the convention floor during the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Trump officially claims GOP nomination

Donald Trump earned enough votes to become Republicans' presidential nominee Tuesday, with his home state of New York officially putting him over the top. Published July 19, 2016

Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., speaks during a luncheon sponsored by the American Conservative Union Foundation, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pence touts congressional record, battles with Bush administration

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence played up the wars he waged against the Bush administration and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill, holding them up as a badge of honor before a group of conservative activists days after being tapped as presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's running mate. Published July 19, 2016

Police presence in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention is expected to be sizable amid security concerns and fears that standoffs between pro- and anti-Trump factions may turn violent. (Associated Press)

Republican convention kicks off amid tensions of terrorism, cop killings

The Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland on Monday amid an atmosphere of heightened tensions, with last week's terror attack in France and the weekend slaying of three police officers in Louisiana fresh on the minds of delegates gathering in Cleveland. Published July 17, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus failed Thursday to strike a deal with renegade delegates, who want to free up "bound" delegates in an effort to thwart Mr. Trump's nomination.

Republican renegades denied free delegates

Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to defuse flare-ups that threatened unity ahead of their national convention next week, slapping down an effort to free delegates to vote for someone else other than presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Published July 14, 2016

Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, accompanied by Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 12, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mike Lee mum on dump-Trump plans

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is being tight-lipped about whether he plans to support a last-ditch effort to steer the nomination away from Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. Published July 14, 2016