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Kentucky delegates await the start of GOP convention

The Republican convention stage. The Republican convention stage.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky is well represented in the Sunshine state as the GOP prepares to nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The flights had already landed Saturday when the Republican delegates and guests were informed the convention they were expecting to walk into Monday morning would be delayed until Tuesday. Officials cited the threat of Isaac gaining strength and heading toward the gulf coast as the reason for the delay.

"Just last night as soon, as they made the decision to cancel Monday, we were all sent an email and invited to join a conference call just to let us know what the plans were and how they were moving forward," said Amy Wickliffe, alternate delegate.   

"I think the organizers of the convention and the host committee have made an appropriate decision. Their first priority is to ensure the safety of tens of thousands of visitors," said Steve Robertson, Chairman of the Republican party of Kentucky.

Kentucky has 44 delegates and 39 alternates that are in the Tampa area to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan accept the Republican nomination.
"The mood is very good. Kentucky is staying in Clear Water Beach. Our hotel, the local businesses in the area, they have rolled the red carpet out for us. Certainly in Kentucky were a friendly bunch and we will enjoy having a day of fellowship together," said Robertson.

Wickliffe's great-grandfather was a delegate in 1956 when Eisenhower and Nixon were nominated. Now an alternate delegate herself, she said Kentucky would gladly wait.

"Ya know this in the time when Kentucky gets to actually participate in the formal nomination to ensure that we have a Republican nominee for president and vice president. So it's important for every state to participate to make sure every state is represented," said Wickliffe.

The convention ends Thursday.

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