CLEVELAND, Ohio — So much for host state favoritism. Ohio’s state delegation will not be seated in the front row at the Republican convention at the Quicken Loans Center this coming week.
Instead, the Buckeye State delegates will be seated in the second row from the podium, to the stage’s left wing, behind the Pennsylvania delegation.
State delegations with front row seating are New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Alabama and Pennsylvania. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California are in the prime center areas of the stage.
Where is the massive Texas delegation? Toward the back of the convention floor with Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Delaware and Maine.
The Utah delegation is far up on the other side of the convention floor with Guam, Nebraska, Virginia, Arizona, Washington State, Michigan, and Minnesota. According to officials, 56 delegations will be seated at the convention.
“Conventions are a time that bring our party together in one space to reaffirm what we believe in and look to what the future will bring,” said convention CEO Jeff Larson in a statement. “Regardless of our home state and background, we come together as one body to select our nominee for President of the United States.”
Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich, who refuses to endorse Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, is expected to be largely a no-show at the convention other than one reception on Tuesday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BREAKING: Ohio GOP delegation denied traditional front row seats at home-state convention; instead, they go to blue states CA, Trump's NY
— Darrel Rowland (@darreldrowland) July 16, 2016