FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - For the first time in nearly a century, the state GOP Convention is being held outside of Indianapolis. This weekend, about 2,000 delegates will pack the Grand Wayne Center to build the Republican party’s platform and elect officials for the November ballot.
The convention kicked off with speeches from state and national republican leaders who weighed in on their thoughts on the key to successful campaigns this fall and beyond.
“We need to have a national party that’s an all the time party,” Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus, said. “We’ve got to be a 24/7 party. I think winning a presidential election takes a big presence everywhere, all the time.”
In addition to Priebus, Sen. Dan Coats, (R-Indiana) and former presidential hopeful, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) addressed the crowd of GOP delegates and guests about the importance of adhering to Republican ideology. There was a party at Parkview Field immediately following the speeches which culminated in a fireworks show. Then, guests were invited to enjoy a block party hosted by Councilman Mitch Harper.
On Saturday, the delegates will begin the business tasks of the convention. There will be committee reports, a platform vote, and a vote for who will be on the ticket to run for several elected positions. The general session starts back up Saturday at 10 a.m.