- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on Utah delegates at the Republican National Convention (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

Utah’s 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland have been awarded to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump because he’s the only candidate still in the race.

Phill Wright, the chairman of Utah’s delegation, made a symbolic announcement during a Tuesday night roll call that Utah’s delegates are going toward Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who won Utah’s presidential caucus in March.

But rules of the Utah Republican Party and the national Republican Party say that if a candidate drops out, as Cruz did, their delegates go toward the candidate left running.

Utah delegates on Monday joined other anti-Trump representatives by making loud objections to a rules vote but Wright said Tuesday that he thinks Republicans will unite around Trump.

Utah GOP chair James Evans predicted Trump will win by a higher percentage in Utah than in any other state.


3:15 p.m.

After Utah representatives joined in angry and prolonged objections to a vote on rules at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, some of the state’s delegates say they’re now hoping for unity around presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Phill Wright, the chairman of Utah’s delegation, says Republicans want one of their own in the White House and he hopes they’ll unite behind Trump by the final day of the convention on Thursday.

Wright, along with Sen. Mike Lee, was among those on Monday joining anti-Trump delegates loudly protesting the adoption of rules that would quash waning efforts to deny the billionaire the nomination. Wright was also the state chair of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign in Utah.

Wright says he doesn’t anticipate a similar fight on Tuesday and that he hopes Trump will bring Republicans together.

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