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Idaho Republican Party leaders urge others to rally behind Trump

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 00:22:47-04
Donald Trump was not the first choice for many Republicans in the Gem State, but now he is the party's nominee. Now, state party leaders say it is time to rally behind their candidate. 
 
"Idaho is the most Republican state in the nation," said Idaho state's Treasurer Ron Crane addressing the Republican National Convention. "We're so Republican that when we say the Pledge of Allegiance, it is to the Republicans for which it stands." 
 
As Idaho delegates cast their votes at the Republican National Convention, their voices helped propel Donald Trump to the nomination.
 
"20 votes for Ted Cruz," Crane announced. "And 12 votes for the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump."
 
While Trump received 12 delegates in Idaho, many in the Gem State were hoping the winner of the state's primary, Ted Cruz, would win nationally.  Party leaders in Idaho say they need to come together behind their party's candidate. 
 
"Just like we respect the will in the vote in the state when it came around to our party, we respect the will of the vote around the country too," explained Idaho Republican party chairmen Steve Yates.
 
In a statement, Senator Mike Crapo wrote: "Congratulations to Donald Trump on his nomination victory. I strongly support his candidacy for president, and now we can come together to support his call for less government and more support for veterans, law enforcement and increased safety and security. He will make the right decisions about Supreme Court nominations. We cannot afford another Clinton in the White House."
 
"Donald J. Trump is the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. This is our horse that we are riding through this general election campaign," said Yates.