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Gov. Doug Ducey: Unity at convention will help Arizona keep Republican status

Andy Sandy wears an RNC hat and pair of American flag glasses while walking around, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland. The Republican National Convention starts Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

CLEVELAND — Unity will help keep Arizona in Republican red in 2016, Gov. Doug Ducey told a gathering of delegates at the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Ducey said he would like nothing more than to see Republicans hold on to both U.S. Senate spots and their majority in both Arizona’s congressional delegation and the state House and Senate. The governor said that all begins with party members coming together in Cleveland.

“All of those results will begin with this convention and how we unify,” he said.

Ducey said, while the delegates have several tasks ahead of them before the convention wraps up Thursday, they have one massively important job.

“Let’s clearly state our purpose this morning: It is to put a Republican back in the White House and a Republican vice president back in Washington, D.C. and those Republicans are Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” he said.

It was the closest Ducey has come to endorsing Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee. He has shied from fully backing the New York billionaire’s campaign, but has promised to support the party’s nominee, no matter who it is.

Ducey reminded the delegates that they were there because they were chosen to represent Arizona.

“People talk about the conservative cause,” he said. “It began in Arizona and we will continue to carry it forward because of the people in this room.”

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