Less than a month after most Missouri Republican leaders favored anyone but Donald Trump, those same officials told hundreds of party activists that they now had no other choice.
This weekend, about 1,300 Republicans attended the Missouri GOP convention in Branson. State Republican Party chairman John Hancock said the convention showed him that the party is more unified than it was two months ago about electing Donald Trump as its nominee.
Failure to help Trump means victory by Hillary Clinton. And that, said a parade of GOP speakers, is unthinkable.
“We don’t need another Obama third term,’’ said U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on Saturday as he addressed the crowd.
Blunt was among several who warned the crowd that the philosophical leanings of the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps for decades, will depend on whether Trump or Clinton wins the White House.
“I think there was some real concern coming into the convention that the party was going to be divided,” said Hancock. “There’s a lot of real differences of opinion shall we say, not so much with the platform but with the elections and what has transpired. I’m gratified at how unified the party is.”