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North Florida's Republican Delegates Optimistic About Party's Future

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North Florida’s Republican delegates are weighing in on the state of the party at the National Convention.

The Panhandle’s Republican delegates say the party is strong and united behind Donald Trump. The delegates are expected to select Trump as their party's presidential nominee later today. Evan Power of Leon County, Thelma Rohan of Bay and Clint Pate of Jackson County are representing Congressional District 2 in Cleveland this week. It's the first convention for 70 year old Rohan, a life-long party member.

"It's really exciting. It's surreal to know that you're in the middle of something. It's like reading history and being a part of it at the same time," she said.

After rubbing elbows with party activists from across the country, Evan Power is confident about the GOP’s future.              

“At the end of the day, when this younger generation goes to work, and if we can deliver a presidency that grows wages, gives a better economy for them, and they realize that the government’s taxing them at a high rate, they’re gonna understand what it’s like to work hard and earn money and not want the government to steal that money. So I think it’s a matter of education and leading,” he said.

But pundits say the GOP is fighting a rising tide of demographics, and must change to survive. According to the Pew Research Center, the country’s electorate is becoming younger and more racially diverse, populations with a Democratic bent.

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.