- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan urged the members of the Ohio delegation loyal to Gov. John Kasich to start rooting for Donald Trump.

The Wisconsin Republican who attended Miami University in southwest Ohio spoke Wednesday at a state delegation breakfast in Cleveland.

“Voting for anybody but Donald Trump means you are voting for Hillary Clinton,” said Ryan, who even led an “O-H, I-O,” Buckeye cheer.

Kasich has declined to endorse Trump, and the Ohio group is loaded with dedicated supporters of their second-term governor, who captured all 66 delegates by winning the state’s March presidential primary.

Delegate Greg Hartmann, of Cincinnati, liked Ryan’s message. He said he doesn’t agree with everything Trump says, but it’s time to rally around the nominee.

“That’s the job of all of us, to get together to form a winning campaign,” he said. The former Hamilton County commissioner said Ohio will play an important role in electing next president and it’s going to take working together.

Delegate Sue Rodman, of Cleveland Heights, agreed.

“If we want to win, and we do want to win, we need to unify the party,” she said.

While some Ohio delegates have continued to express misgivings about backing Trump, Rodman said she gets the sense that “most of the delegation is ready” to support him.

Both delegates also said Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a running mate has helped them feel better about supporting him.

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