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Bevin, other KY GOP leaders, not ready to embrace Trump

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In this WDRB file photo, Trump appears on stage at a rally in Louisville. In this WDRB file photo, Trump appears on stage at a rally in Louisville.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Donald Trump is well on his way to winning the Republican presidential nomination, but Trump has yet to win the support of some of Kentucky's top Republican leaders.

They appear not quite ready to give Trump an enthusiastic endorsement.

"At this point, weighing in on who I'm going to vote for, I think is a mistake for me or any other person," said Gov. Matt Bevin.

Trump may be the last man standing, but Gov. Bevin is not declaring him the nominee just yet. Until the convention makes it official, Bevin is remaining coy.

"I have been very clear that there is absolutely no way that I can support or will support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. I've been very vocal and very clear about that. People can do the deductive math based on those that are in the race and come up with their own conclusions, and that's where I'll leave it for now," Bevin told reporters.

Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released what is viewed as a lukewarm endorsement of Trump.

"I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, is now on the verge of clinching that nomination. Republicans are committed to preventing what would be a third term of Barack Obama and restoring economic and national security after eight years of a Democrat in the White House. As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals," McConnell said in a statement.

State Treasurer Allison Ball adopting a wait-and-see attitude.

"You know what's going to be nice is seeing what he does with his V.P. pick. I'm very eager to see. That's going to tell us a lot about the direction he wants to go in," Ball told WDRB News.

Ball is focusing more on the party's agenda than its nominee.

"As long as we're all furthering what we believe, then we can all move forward in that," she said.

When a reporter noted that she sounded a bit skeptical, Ball again emphasized party unity around its principles.

"Really, I believe in conservative principles. I believe in the platform of the Republican Party," she said.

But if not Trump, what about a possible third-party candidate?

"Let's talk about people that are actually in the race. I'm not going to deal in hypotheticals," said Bevin.

WDRB did reach out to Senator and former presidential contender Rand Paul but, so far, no comment.

For the record, when asked, Gov. Bevin said he has no interest in being Trump's vice-presidential running mate.

During its mock convention in February, Washington and Lee University named Bevin as its choice for Trump’s vice-president. Bevin is an alumnus of the school and was the keynote speaker for the mock convention.

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