OKGOP, Gov. Fallin Endorse Trump

Wednesday, May 4th 2016, 10:05 pm
By: Grant Hermes

After learning reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump would be their presumptive nominee, the Oklahoma Republican party, led by Gov. Mary Fallin, is backing him full force.

“The party is uniting behind Donald Trump and that's why I'm so proud of our governor and why we're endorsing Mr. Trump as our presumptive nominee,” GOP Chair Pam Pollard said.

Fallin also endorsed Trump after Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced he was suspending his campaign on Wednesday, leaving Trump as the would-be nominee.

Recently, Trump has been criticized by fellow Republicans for spreading a tabloid rumor about an unconfirmed and uncorroborated photo of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's father and would be assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the National Enquirer.

Many on both sides of the aisle have called the rumor the latest in a campaign filled with falsehoods, violent rhetoric and a lack of conservative ideals. But the Pollard said she and her party disagrees.

“He is very pro-business, he's very pro energy he stands for things that Oklahomans think are very, very important,” she said.

Fallin praised Trump on Wednesday for his stances on immigration national security and the economy. Fallin has also been named on several short lists to be his vice president, including one in The New York Times which placed her third behind former presidential hopefuls Dr. Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Fallin's name was also brought up by a Trump surrogate on CNN’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union. Trump later thanked his spokesperson for the "great advice."

But fears over whether Oklahoma Republicans who voted for Cruz in the Oklahoma primary in March will turn out to vote in November still linger.

Cruz won the Sooner State by eight points with 34 percent of the vote over Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.  State party officials say they've already stared gearing up setting their sights on November.

We need to start working toward defeating Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in November,” Pollard said.