Iowa GOP leaders say party will unify in time for November election

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HIAWATHA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, said Wednesday any perception the GOP is being torn apart by infighting or won't unify in time for the November election is false. He did admit, however, that when it comes to a Trump ticket, some members of the party are taking more convincing than others.

"People have to get used to who our nominee is going to be," Kaufmann told supporters at the Iowa GOP office in Hiawatha. "People have to get used to...that the person they put their passion and all their energy towards, that that person is not going to be the nominee. That's human beings."

Kaufmann said Republicans will ultimately rally behind Trump for two main reasons. The first is, as he put it, "never Hillary," citing democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's email troubles that made her the target of a federal investigation. Kaufmann added that Trump is simply the stronger candidate.

"There is absolutely no doubt that there will be stronger Supreme Court justices that are closer to the people that are going to be appointed by a President Trump. There's going to be less regulation," Kaufmann continued.

Supporters at the rally like Emma Nemecek - who previously worked for Dr. Ben Carson's campaign - said Iowa Republicans are falling in line behind the presumptive nominee.

"The previous supporters of different candidates are now agreeing to support whoever the nominee is," Nemecek told us. She said Trump has the power to bring in new voters with his energetic campaign. "His is really a movement, I think. he was able to bring up people that never were actually involved in politics."