North Alabama Republican delegates head to GOP National Convention



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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- It's almost Republican National Convention time.  Some delegates, including those on the Rules Committee, may already be in Cleveland for the event, but many more in the Republican Alabama Delegation have yet to head north.

For Bob Baccus, it's no secret he's a Trump supporter. He also won a spot as a Trump delegate.

"I'm part of history, and I'm looking forward to it," he said. "This is probably one of the most talked about elections there is. We'll get to meet a lot of people."

He is so excited that he even has an outfit for the roll call vote. It includes a houndstooth hat and crimson suit jacket in honor of Alabama. Baccus said he plans to stand close to Senator Jeff Sessions during the vote, "so people back home can pick me out [in the crowd.]"

He recognized that there's a lot of pressure on Trump delegates not to vote for the presumptive nominee. It's a move to "free the delegates" of their binding to a candidate, and encourage them to vote for a different person.

WHNT News 19 spoke with state Rep. Ed Henry about it before he headed to the convention earlier this week.

No matter what happens, Baccus said he will not be swayed by the emails, and even letters, he's already received.

"We've given our word that we will vote for Donald Trump, and I plan on doing it," he said. "I'm excited. I've been waiting on this."

There's a different kind of pressure on local dentist-turned-delegate, Dr. Dean Brandon. He's the only Marco Rubio delegate in the state of Alabama headed to Cleveland as a lone wolf.

"I enjoy the attention. It is unique," he commented.

He said he believes Rubio has released his delegates, so he's almost a free agent. He knows he has a choice to make, and feels prepared to do it.

"I went in 2008, so I know what the convention is all about," he explained. "But this time, I want to go in and respect the people who voted for me to be the Rubio delegate. So I'm going to be going into the convention supporting Marco Rubio and vote for him."

Still, Brandon plans to keep an open mind.

"When I get there, I'm going to see what the dynamic is. Because the ultimate objective of this convention is to support the nominee and the nominee is going to be Donald Trump unless extreme circumstances happen," commented Brandon.

It sounded like a big job to us, but he explained, "I'm not braced for or scared about anything," he said, "I'm excited."

Both men recognize what a big moment this is for our country, and that they have a chance to share this moment in history.

"The future of our country is at stake," said Brandon. "I mean, bottom line, that's what it is."