As Trump Becomes Official Nominee, The Traditional ‘Yankee Republican’ May Be Changing

Credit: Ida May Astute for ABC (Creative Commons)

Credit: Ida May Astute for ABC (Creative Commons)

On Tuesday, Republican delegates from across the country gathered at a benefit BBQ and concert hosted in part by former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Brown’s daughter Ayla sang country music and played guitar on stage while beach balls and hats were tossed into the crowd.

It’s understandable that some Massachusetts delegates at the Republican National Convention might feel a bit out of place. They’re from a “blue” state considered safe for Democratic presidential candidates.

Many of the delegates also can be described as political moderates — or “Yankee Republicans.” Some of the current office-holders who might fit that description — including Gov. Charlie Baker — are staying away from the convention.

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