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Many Kentucky delegates experiencing their first Republican National Convention

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The Republican National Convention started July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican National Convention started July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kentucky's GOP Chairman Mac Brown says Trump will do well in Kentucky despite -- or because of -- his rough edges. Kentucky's GOP Chairman Mac Brown says Trump will do well in Kentucky despite -- or because of -- his rough edges.
Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he's "for anybody but Hillary Clinton." Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he's "for anybody but Hillary Clinton."

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WDRB) -- Republicans are coming together in Cleveland to choose their presidential candidate.

The delegates are now on the floor, and for most of Kentucky's delegation, this is their very first national convention. And that includes Kentucky GOP Chairman Mac Brown. 

"People keep asking me, how is this going to compare to other conventions, and I don't know," Brown said. 

"As the people started pouring in yesterday, you just sort of feel the excitement and the fun. It's going to be an interesting week. 

It will be interesting as well for State Senate President Robert Stivers. He knows his way around Kentucky politics, but the national stage -- not so much. 

"I've not been exposed to anything like this in my life," Stivers said. "Not too many of these occur in Manchester, where I'm from -- population 1,200 -- but it's just an atmosphere of excitement around here. 

That excitement is generated by Donald Trump, even though some delegates admit he was not their first choice. 

Brown says he expects Trump to do well in Kentucky despite -- or because of -- his rough edges. 

"A great leader isn't the guy who has all the answers," Brown said. "He's the guy who pulls people together to build the right answer. And that's what he (Trump) is: a leader. 

Stivers says he believes Trump will be an asset as Republicans try to take control of the State House this fall; he believes Hillary Clinton will hurt Democrats in Kentucky. 

"She is very unpopular in eastern Kentucky," Stivers said. "And I see most of those candidates running from President Obama and Hillary Clinton this fall."

Trump is expected to appear at the convention later tonight to introduce a speech from his daughter. 

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