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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Head Of KS GOP Opposes Unbinding Delegates Ahead Of National Convention


Special interest groups and some Republican delegates are actively pushing to unbind delegates for the upcoming convention so that they can vote freely for any candidate. One GOP leader in Wichita is not in favor of the move.

Kelly Arnold, chair of the Kansas Republican Party, serves on the committee that determines the rules at the Republican National Convention, which is being held in Cleveland later this month. Arnold says there's a push from people who aren't fully on board with presumptive nominee Donald Trump to vote for another candidate.

"Our people in Kansas came out and voted, and they said we want 24 of our delegates to vote for Cruz, nine for Trump, six for Rubio and one for Kasich," Arnold says. "If we unbound those delegates we’re really throwing democracy away, and what is that saying to the nation when we say, 'You came out and voted, but we are going to let the insiders decide this instead?' So I don't support that notion of unbinding the delegates."

Arnold says the GOP in Kansas will ultimately back the Republican nominee.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.