- Jeremy Lanningham
Donald Trump scooped up the Republican nomination for president July 19 at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Out of a total of 2,472 delegates, the billionaire real estate magnate and television personality took 1,543, beating out Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich by wide margins.
Idaho delegates cast their votes after the Gem State's introduction by Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane, during which he referenced the state's famed potatoes and cracked a joke about how we say the Pledge of Allegiance:
Chairman, my name is Ron Crane, and I'm from the state of Idaho, where we have famous potatoes. Idaho is the most Republican state in the nation. We are so Republican that when we say the Pledge of Allegiance, it's, 'To the Republicans for which it stands.' Our entire congressional delegation is Republican, all of our statewide constitutional officers are Republican and our Legislature is Republican.The office of Idaho treasurer has been high profile under Crane, specifically for his management of travel funds and investments. In the past, his office has been warned by the Canyon County prosecutor to keep better records when using state money for personal trips after Crane infamously traveled through New York City in a limousine. His office has also been audited over investments in mortgaged-backed securities before the Great Recession.
Of Idaho's 32 delegates at the Republican National Convention, the bulk—20—went to Cruz, and the remaining 12 were cast for Trump.