- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming delegates to the Republican National Convention said Thursday they weren’t surprised Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump but disagreed whether he should have.

Twenty-three of Wyoming’s 29 national GOP delegates are Cruz supporters. Not endorsing Trump was consistent with Cruz’s personality, said delegate Jeff Hymas, of Star Valley.

“To me it was completely in character for him to say, ‘Here are the principles that are important, here’s what freedom means,’” Hymas said. “It would have been out of character for him to say, ‘OK, fine, I’ll give into the RNC. I’ll give in to the party and just support him.’”

Hymas, who directs the Jackson Hole tea party and produces educational materials about the U.S. Constitution, said he’s glad Cruz stuck to his principles despite the reaction to his speech.

“It wasn’t just boos,” Hymas said. “It was a lot of swearing, anger. Really angry people all over.”

Delegate Tammy Hooper of Laramie also was unsurprised no endorsement happened but said Cruz should have urged some kind of general support.

“I was hoping he was going to get over that hump to say we should support our nominee. That to me was disappointing,” she said.

Cruz instead urged convention-goers to “vote your conscience” this fall. If anything, Cruz’s refusal to endorse Trump appears to be inspiring people to work harder for Trump’s election, Hooper said.

Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Matt Micheli declined to weigh in on Cruz but predicted worries over how a Hillary Clinton presidency would affect Wyoming would bring the party together.

“Hillary is the great unifier,” he said.

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