2016 Republican National Convention

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The 2016 Republican National Convention, a presidential nominating convention of the Republican Party, took place from July 26 to July 29, 2016 at Jacksonville, Florida. The convention was one of a series of historic quadrennial meetings of the Republica Party with a primary focus on officially nominating a candidate for President and adopting a party platform. President Elizabeth Warren served as Chairman.

Defining moments of the 2016 Democratic National Convention included the withdrawal of the primary winner, Andrew Merrilin, during the convention, and the the nomination of David Gamble as the candidate for President and John Dunn as the candidate for Vice President. The two faced the Democratic Party's ticket of Whitney Mason and Drew Brockmeier in the 2016 presidential election.

The convention marked the formal end of the active primary election season, and it made history for being the first party convention in which the primary winner declined nomination. All Merrilin's delegates were released, and the voting began.

David Gamble faced many candidates who, like him, had already withdrawn from the race, and many others who had not run in the primary. Vincent Halfhyde, Jason Gillikin, Valeria Smith, Felix Cavendish, Buford T Justice, Aida Alvera, Kyle Van Horn, Caden Windsor and Joshua Long were still carrying some delegates after the ninth ballot. The convention was in it's entirety planed to last for 3 days, however it was extended with one day due to the difficulties when deciding on a nomination.


Convention themes

  • Day 1: Security for our Economic Future
  • Day 2:
  • Day 3: Supporting Gamble, experience, leadership, economy, energy and values
  • Day 4: Gamble & Dunn - America's safest bet

Party platform


Merrilin's Withdrawal

Main Article: Samuel Clay's 2016 Democratic National Convention keynote address

Presumptive Republican nominee Andrew Merrilin surprised most at the end of the first day of the convention when he announced, on stage, that he was declining his nomination for Republican nominee and was releasing his delegates. This was seen to be a result of events that were triggered by a speech to the Democratic convention by Samuel Clay in which he endorsed Democratic nominee Whitney Mason. It caused an opening up on tensions within the party's two factions, one led by President Warren and another by Senator Keiko Kagura.

This ultimately led to an open nomination process in which former primary candidate David Gamble was elected as the Republican nominee after 9 ballots without any serious challenger on the floor. It was also seen as another set back for a Presidential race where the odds seemed stacked up against the Republicans.

Notable Speakers

Elizabeth Warren


John Dunn


David Gamble


Full Speakers List

Tuesday, July 26

Wednesday, July 27

Primary winner Merrilin rejects the nomination

Ballot 1-2

Ballot 3

Ballot 4

Ballot 5

Ballot 6

Ballot 7

Ballot 8

Ballot 9

Thursday, July 28

Friday, July 29

  • Govenor and presidential candidate David Gamble - Keynote speech. On American values and wining the election.

Results of delegate voting

With Merrilin's withdrawal, all the delegates were "freeded", and a new candidate was selected. Immediately following Merrilin's bow-out, the first ballot was held, with only a few delegates pledged - who had been committed to John Dunn and Vincent Halfhyde earlier in the primary before they dropped out. It took until the following day for the Republican delegates to conform to the days of old "favorite son" method of delegate support.

On the second ballot, Dunn received support from many states, placing him in at the top of the pile. Senator Avery Passerday, as the only Shanendoah Valley Republican, consolidated SV delegates and placed second. Senator Tim Kent, and Governors David Gamble and Brian Murphy similarly consolidated their regions, and placed third, forth, and fifth, respectively. Governor Daniel Mallory, Senator Jason Gillikin, Governor Vincent Halfhyde, Governor Aida Alvera, and Secretary Felix Cavendish rounded out the top 10, and were the only candidates with more than 100 delegates each.

Senator Passerday was the first to endorse Governor Gamble shortly after the second ballot. She was followed by Governor Mallory, and former Senator Daniel Morey before the third ballot. Their collective endorsements boost Gamble by over 400 delegates on the third ballot, causing him to place over 300 delegates ahead of Dunn.

Senator Alyssa Richards, Senator James MacGillicutty, Congressman Steve Rayburn endorsed Gamble before the forth ballot. Senator Keiko Kagura withdrew her name, but did not publically express support for anyone. Gamble gained nearly 100 delegates on the forth ballot.

Governor Gamble finally spoke to the convention after the forth ballot, which elicited public approval from President Elizabeth Warren, and her de facto endorsement of the Governor. Gamble received a delegate from each of the 50 states on the fifth ballot, and jumped by a little over 100 delegates with the support of President Warren.

Congressman Edward Allen Teach then endorsed Gamble just before the casting of the sixth ballot, which ended with Gamble up by 80 delegates.

Gamble's only rival, John Dunn, who had not gained much traction since the third ballot, finally endorsed Gamble after the sixth ballot, some speculating that he had been holding out for Vice President. Senator Thomas Fletcher and Congressman Drew Pila also endorsed Gamble before the seventh ballot. On the seventh ballot, Gamble jumped 201 delegates. Senator Tim Kent rose to second place in the wake of John Dunn's endorsement of Gamble, but held only 209 delegates to Gamble's 995.

Before the eight ballot, Senator Kent endorsed Governor Gamble, almost ensuring the Pennsylvanian's coronation - no other person receiving endorsements, no major opposition to his nomination. Gamble took nearly all of Kent's delegates, and fell just 70 delegates short of the majority. Kent's endorsement left Halfhyde as the only viable alternative to the Mid-Atlantic Governor.

Finally, Senate Minority Leader Akeem Mellis endorsed David Gamble, and on the ninth and final ballot, the eventual nominee won 1,307 delegates, 70 more than needed.


Ninth Ballot result

TOTAL VOTES 2,488 votes

Vice President

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