10th District Selects Rubio Delegates for GOP Convention

A few familiar faces will serve as delegates at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 18-24.

Almost 900 delegates gathered for the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee’s convention at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn on Saturday to choose who they wanted to represent them on the national stage.

The three voting delegates who received the most votes are: state Sen. Richard “Dick” H. Black (R-13), former Sugarland Run representative on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors and Black’s son-in-law David “Mick” M. Staton Jr., and Beau Correll.

The alternates are: Blaine P. Dunn, former Sterling representative on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors Eugene Delgaudio, and Howard R. Lind, who ran for Congress in 2014.

The first ballot votes are bound by the March 1 primary election results. Donald Trump will receive 17, Marco Rubio 16, Ted Cruz 8, John Kasich 5 and Ben Carson 3.

John Whitbeck, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, will stand and announce the votes at the convention.

The three 10th District delegates pledged to support Cruz if a second ballot is cast, which only happens if no candidate receives a majority of the delegate votes. They can support whoever they want on a second ballot.

As Republican 10th District Chairwoman Jo Thoburn said, “They pledged to support Ted Cruz. Technically, nothing holds them to that except their word.”

The 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee will select their delegates May 14. They will choose six delegates, three women and three men, according to the committee rules. Four of those are slated to support Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, and two will back Bernie Sanders. The Democratic National Convention is July 25-28 in Philadelphia.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct how the three 10th District delegates will cast their votes.

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