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GOP convention offers traditional roll call with Washington, Idaho bragging about features

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

Caleb Heimlich, Washington State Republican Party chairman, casts all 43 delegates for President Donald Trump at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Caleb Heimlich, Washington State Republican Party chairman, casts all 43 delegates for President Donald Trump at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Shortly after the Republican National Convention started Monday it moved to one of the key features of such a gathering, the roll call of the states to cast delegate votes for the party’s nominee.

Unlike last week’s virtual Democratic Convention which featured short video speeches from a location in each state, GOP votes were cast in Charlotte, North Carolina, where handfuls of delegates representing each state were gathered.

The roll call was interrupted several times, for speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. As usual, the outcome was never in doubt. So the entertainment value, as usual, was to see what each state slipped into the tally to brag about its features or virtues. 

Caleb Heimlich, Washington State Republican Party chairman, tried to pack as much as possible into a single sentence.

“On behalf of the Evergreen state, proudly named after our first president; the most beautiful state in the nation, home to majestic mountains, rivers, hydro power, lakes and the Pacific Ocean; home to entrepreneurs, innovators, tech companies, manufacturing, farming, agriculture, natural resources and many other fantastic industries; and a state that well knows the consequences of Democrat rule and their giving in to radical socialists in Seattle; on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Republican voters and our 43 delegates, we cast all of our votes for President Donald Trump.”

Layne Bangerter, Idaho director for the Trump campaign, also stretched the standard limits of a sentence:

“Madam secretary, on behalf of Idaho, the Gem State, and all of our happy people, all the hard-working beautiful people there; encompassed by the Rocky Mountains, where people love the fish, the wildlife, the land and the water; where people are focused on God, family, country and our sacred Second Amendment and along with our other individual liberties; and because of those important, and in defense of those individual liberties, I’m proud to cast all of Idaho’s votes, 32 votes, to Donald John Trump.”

Trump needed 1,276 delegate votes to be nominated. He got 2,521.

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