Election 2016

Texas GOP Convention Delegates Rally Behind Apparent Nominee Donald Trump

“And it’s sad that we didn’t get to go all the way to the convention in Cleveland and support him but, you know, most everybody has come to the realization that Trump will be the nominee for the Republican Party, and it’s a lot better choice than the alternative,” said Stephen W. Stanley, a city councilman from Garland.

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

For months, it looked as if the Texas Republican Convention would turn into a pitched battle. Thousands of state delegates, most of them supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz, were expected to fight for the chance to represent Texas at the national GOP convention in Cleveland.

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Stephen W. Stanley is a city councilman from Garland. He’s at the convention as a delegate from State Senate District Two, which stretches from Dallas to East Texas. Stanley backed Ted Cruz, both during his run for the U.S. Senate and for the Republican nomination for president.

“And it’s sad that we didn’t get to go all the way to the convention in Cleveland and support him but, you know, most everybody has come to the realization that Trump will be the nominee for the Republican Party, and it’s a lot better choice than the alternative,” he said.

That’s the basic message Trump supporters in Dallas are relying on to rally the state party behind the apparent nominee. But they’re not just counting on the negative one of “anyone is better than Clinton.”

Brando Palazzo is a money manager from Houston and a delegate from Congressional District 7 – John Culberson’s district. He’s hoping to win a spot as a delegate to Cleveland, so he can cast his vote for Trump.

“If we’re a united party, not only would that benefit the Republicans as a whole, but I have a sense that Ted Cruz might be getting nominated for Supreme Court justice, which would actually be a great spot for him to fight for thirty to forty years versus just four to eight years,” he said.

Palazzo says if Donald Trump’s supporters want the party to unite behind Trump, they also need to show their support for Cruz. Cruz will deliver one of the last speeches of the convention on Saturday afternoon. Palazzo says he’ll be there.

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Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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