Rauner Will Not Endorse Trump or Attend GOP Convention

The first-term governor has chosen not to attend the convention, which will be held in Cleveland in July

Just one day after a spokesperson said the governor had not made up his mind about attending the GOP Presidential Convention, Bruce Rauner made a decision. 

Governor Bruce Rauner will not attend his first GOP Presidential Convention as the governor of Illinois, his office confirmed Thursday.

As Donald Trump is declared the presumptive nominee, Rauner's office said he will not be at the convention in Cleveland in July, nor will he endorse Trump in the race for president. 

In March, Rauner said he would support Trump if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended their campaigns after Trump won Tuesday's pivotal Indiana primary, leaving the billionaire as the last candidate in the GOP field.

The Illinois Republican Party meets in Peoria in a few weeks to pick delegates to the convention. While Rauner was initially planning to be at that meeting, he is no longer expected to attend, and will subsequently forfeit his delegate spot to cast a vote for the presidential nominee. 

Other GOP elected officials from Sen. Mark Kirk to Congressman Bob Dold have already decided they will skip the national convention in July.

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