Ozarks Delegates Pack Their Bags For Cleveland, Explain How They’ll Vote

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri has 52 delegates heading to Cleveland for the GOP convention, and KOLR10 News reached out to two of those delegates Friday to get a feel for what they are expecting and who they will vote for.

Of those 52 delegates, 37 are bound to support Donald Trump on the first ballot and 15 are bound to Ted Cruz.

While the two delegates KOLR10 spoke with said the party should unite around Trump, they would not be surprised if a convention coup could make things interesting.

For self-described political nerd Eric Burlison, being chosen to go to the GOP convention as a delegate is like putting a Jonas Brother’s ticket in the hand of a teenage girl.

“You’ll get to see not only elected officials but a lot of the commentators on the news, I’ll be able to see those commentators and hopefully be able to shake hands and introduce myself to people that I’m a fan of,” Burlison said.

Cruz and Greene County Republican Party Chair Dannette Proctor are bound to Ted Cruz, but because he suspended his campaign, they are free to vote their conscience.

Burlison will cast his vote for Cruz on the first ballot, but Proctor sees that as a wasted vote.

“I think I would go to the next person on the ballot and in the 7th congressional district that was Trump, and in our state, the first person was Trump,” Proctor said. “And so to represent the people of our state I feel I would go Trump.”

Some party leaders are talking about bending the rules to allow everyone to vote their conscience, even on the first ballot.

 “When you take your votes, I don’t know who they’ll vote for because right now it’s only Trump,” Proctor said. “But if someone else is in there I guess they’ll vote for their conscience, but I don’t even know who that candidate will be, I haven’t even heard.”

Burlison does not expect those kinds of theatrics, he believes Trump’s candidacy will continue to baffle scholars for decades.

“While in some ways on the surface it seems very simple, this guy he’s very smart,” Burlison said. “And he’s gotten to the place he’s at because he knows what he’s doing and knows how to market himself.”

Burlison and Proctor leave for Cleveland Saturday, excited to be a part of the convention no one anticipated.

Burlison and Proctor said the Republican National Committee has sent them information about safety concerns at the convention.

They said most of their discussions with fellow delegates have centered on those concerns ahead of the convention.

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