Billionaire Donald Trump sealed the GOP nomination Tuesday night, with New York giving putting him over the top to secure the 1,237 delegates he needed to win the nomination.
Ohio, which voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the state’s March primary, cast its 66 votes for Kasich. The state’s delegates gave an enthusiastic whoop every time Kasich secured a handful of delegates from other states as well.
When it was their turn, Republican Party Chair Matt Borges, flanked by Auditor Dave Yost and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and other state officials, offered the state’s 66 delegates to Kasich, but not until after they gave the “O-H-I-O” cheer.
Dan Carter, vice chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party said despite the outcome, the delegation felt it had done its job. “We all worked very hard to bring in the state,” he said. “We got to cast our votes for him, so we’re happy.”
He said while Trump wasn’t his first choice, he could live with him. “I’m a Republican,’ he said. “The Republican Party is strong enough that one person is not the Republican Party. I think the Republican Party can buoy up whoever the president is. ”
Former Congressman and alternate delegate Steve Austria from Beavercreek doesn’t believe there’s much bitterness left between the Ohio delegates and Trump.
“It’s now time for the Republican Party, including Ohio to become united.”
Sheri Carbo, a delegate from South Lebanon seems to disagree. She said that the focus now is on electing Republicans, but that she was not yet committed to Trump.
When asked if she would support him, she answered “That depends on if he stops bashing our governor.”
“I’d like to be on board,” she said.