- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Latest on Pennsylvania’s Republican National Convention delegation (all times local):


8 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s delegation to the Republican National Convention has come out nearly unanimous for Donald Trump, who is now the official 2016 presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

Delegation officials said 70 of Pennsylvania’s 71 nominating votes were for Trump. The other vote went for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Seventeen of the 71 delegates were bound to Trump, by virtue of his April 26 primary win in Pennsylvania. But the other 54 were officially uncommitted.

Still, 45 of those had committed to Trump well before the convention, and others decided to support Trump after they arrived in Cleveland on Sunday.


5:20 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will get a blast from the past at their Thursday breakfast.

They’ll have their coffee, eggs and toast while hearing from John Ratzenberger, the actor who played the lovable mailman Cliff Clavin on the long-running TV sitcom Cheers.

On Wednesday, they’ll hear from Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who bowed out of the presidential nominating race in May. Kasich isn’t attending the convention or endorsing Trump, and that decision drew criticism at the convention from Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania delegation heard from Donald Trump Jr., Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. On Monday, they heard from House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.


3 p.m.

Donald Trump is picking up more support from Pennsylvania delegates at the Republican National Convention.

Robert Yates, a delegate from suburban Erie, said Tuesday that he’s leaning toward voting for Trump. Yates ran for delegate as a supporter of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and had still planned to cast his ballot for Cruz when he arrived in Cleveland on Sunday.

But he says there’s little point in voting for Cruz, since Cruz no longer seems interested in the nomination, and party unity is most important.

Gordon Denlinger, a delegate from Lancaster County, went to Cleveland uncommitted. But he now says he’ll support Donald Trump. He says he liked Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s 71 delegates went to Cleveland pledged or committed to Trump.

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