GOP Convention Notes: Kentuckian Kelly Knight will announce delegates' votes for Romney

08/27/2012 11:27 AM

Kelly Knight, the co-chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign in Kentucky, will be the fifth Kentuckian to have an on-stage role at the Republican National Convention as she announces each state’s delegate totals for Romney’s nomination on Tuesday.

The RNC designated Knight, of Lexington, as assistant secretary of the convention. Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is the convention’s secretary.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Reynolds will handle the roll-call of each state. After she calls out the state’s name, their delegation will respond with the number of delegates who are pledged and to whom they are pledged.

Knight’s role will be to formally announce the number of delegates pledged to Romney, the expected nominee.

“Just to be part of the history that dates back to the 19th century, it’s just a huge honor,” Knight said Monday after a dress rehearsal at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Knight, along with coal company owner Joe Craft, has been a major fund-raiser for Romney in Kentucky since last fall.

Other Kentuckians with prominent speaking roles at the campaign include former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, who is chairman of the convention’s credentials committee, 6th Congressional District candidate Andy Barr and U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.


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