The Latest: GOP awards Trump all Alaska delegates

    Alaska party rules state that if a candidate drops out after the state convention but before the national convention, the allocation of delegates will be recalculated.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska delegates to the national Republican convention (all times local):

    4:25 p.m.

    The chairman of the Republican National Committee says all 28 of Alaska's delegates to the national GOP convention were awarded to Donald Trump in accordance with state party rules.

    Alaska party rules state that if a candidate drops out after the state convention but before the national convention, the allocation of delegates will be recalculated. Committee chairman Reince Priebus explained this on the convention floor in Cleveland after a member of the Alaska delegation protested the calculation Tuesday.

    Trump finished second to Ted Cruz in the Alaska GOP's presidential preference poll, winning 11 delegates. Cruz won 12 and third place finisher Marco Rubio, five.

    Both Rubio and Cruz later suspended their campaigns.

    However, heading into Tuesday, state party chairman Tuckerman Babcock expected the delegates to be divvied up according to the poll results barring letters from Cruz and Rubio releasing their delegates.

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    3:10 p.m.

    The presiding officer of the Republican national convention awarded all of Alaska's delegates to the convention to Donald Trump, even though Trump won just 11 delegates during the state GOP's presidential preference poll.

    It was not immediately clear why all 28 of Alaska's delegates were awarded to Trump. State party chairman Tuckerman Babcock said by text that he believes it was a mistake and says it will be fixed in the permanent record.

    He says he's trying to get a public correction as well.

    Sen. Ted Cruz won the preference poll in March, picking up 12 delegates. Trump finished second. Sen. Marco Rubio finished third and was awarded five delegates.

    Babcock declared this breakdown of delegates when Alaska was asked for its tally.

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    11:45 a.m.

    Several of Alaska's delegates to the Republican national convention are defending Melania Trump amid criticism that two passages from her convention speech bore a striking similarity to a 2008 speech from Michelle Obama.

    Former state Rep. Peggy Wilson dismisses the kerfuffle as naysayers desperately looking for something they can say against Donald Trump's wife. Wilson says Melania Trump struck her as classy and intelligent.

    State party chairman Tuckerman Babcock says Trump's description of her parents, her upbringing and becoming an American citizen are all impressive. He says she focused on hard work and working for one's opportunities, while he says the Obamas focus on handouts and relying on government for opportunity.

    Babcock suggested that if it was a speechwriter who used such similar language that person should accept responsibility.

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    11:15 a.m.

    The chairman of the state Republican party says Alaska delegates have come around to the realization that Donald Trump will be GOP's presidential nominee, though he says a couple might still be struggling with supporting Trump.

    Tuckerman Babcock says the alternative to Trump is presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Babcock says a Clinton presidency would spell "doom and gloom" for Alaska.

    Trump finished second to Ted Cruz in the state party's presidential preference poll in March. Marco Rubio finished third. Delegates for all three are attending the national convention in Ohio.

    Peggy Wilson, a Trump delegate, says Trump is rich and famous but running for president because he cares about America.

    Babcock says Trump is a different kind of candidate and he doesn't know what to expect when Trump addresses the convention this week. Babcock says he'll be "all ears."

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