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Local GOP politicians react to final day of Republican National Convention

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 18:57:07-04
All eyes will be on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on the final evening of the Republican National Convention.
 
"Donald trump may not have been the party's first choice but he is the nominee," Senatorial Candidate Kathy Szeliga said.
 
Here at home our political figures are not focused on Cleveland. 
 
"I want to be Maryland's next United States senator and that means being in Maryland to hear from Marylanders and those 38 convention attendees that are already there I already know them and I would never miss Tawes," Szeliga said.
 
Governor Larry Hogan was also at Tawes Wednesday and reiterated the same message he had last march
 
"We're going to stay focused right here on Maryland," he said.
 
He added, "if I was really excited about the candidate, I was chairman for youth for Reagan, I was pretty excited about that convention."
 
Hogan is proof that Trump still has not established mainstream support among Republicans. Wednesday night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke at the convention but did not make an endorsement.
 
"If you love our country and love your children as much as I know you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience, vote for a candidate that up and down your ticket that you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution," Cruz said.
 
Szeliga said that was improper, "well my mother brought me up with good polite values from Baltimore and we were told to not go to the dinner party and badmouth the host."
 
Szeliga went on to say the Republicans she's talked to have made up their minds.
 
"They're saying they feel quite unified and I think Chris Christie said it best for Republicans your choice is chicken or fish," Szeliga said.
 
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Several top Republicans did not attend the convention, Among them, the Bush family, Arizona Senator John McCain, Politician Mitt Romney and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
 
Looking toward November, voters across party lines have common concerns.
 
"It's resonates that people are worried about the future of this country and worried about the safety of their families," Szeliga said.
 
Politicians agree Washington is broken and Szeliga said the solution is to send new people into office.
 
ABC2 also reached out to Governor Hogan and Delegate Kipke who were unavailable.