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Republican National Convention set to begin Monday in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Oh. (WDRB) -- The Republican National Convention gets under way Monday in Cleveland.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence will formally become the GOP nominees and delegates from KY will play their role in this historic event.

The action will begin quickly once the delegates take their seats on Monday.

Anti-Trump factions are still threatening to try and throw open the convention and deny Trump the nomination. But Trumps campaign chairman says that is not going to happen.

Two Louisville delegates admit Trump was not their first choice, but say they will honor the voters wishes.

Governor Matt Bevin is also a delegate. He has not formally endorsed Trump but says he's better than the alternative.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will address the convention on Tuesday has both endorsed Trump and criticized him.

As for Kentucky's other Senator, Rand Paul is skipping the convention.

Paul says he's focusing on his reelection campaign, but he and Trump often clashed during Paul's failed White House run.

A major concern here in Cleveland, security.

Police have set up a perimeter for blocks around the event, including barricades and an 8 foot high fence. Access is tightly controlled and police are everywhere, more than 5,000 of them.

Louisville delegates admit security is on their minds.

But, bottom line, the delegates say they're looking forward to experiencing history.

And of course the Hoosier delegation takes center stage on Wednesday, when Gov. Mike Pence officially accepts the vice presidential nomination.

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