- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Leaders of Iowa’s Republican Party are reiterating their support for Donald Trump after the businessman clinched the GOP nomination for president.

Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, told reporters Wednesday that the state’s delegation “came together and unified” to cast 30 votes Tuesday for Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The votes helped Trump formally secure the party’s nomination for president.

Some members of the delegation attempted on Monday to change party rules in order to let delegates choose another candidate. One delegate, Cecil Stinemetz, walked off the arena floor in protest. He was replaced by an alternate.

Kaufmann is at the convention along with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and other officials from the state. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst gave a speech Monday night.


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