2 p.m.: S.C. GOP Chairman Matt Moore fell violently ill on Sunday evening just as Republican National Convention festivities were underway.
Moore chalked it up to a bad case of food poisoning. But could it have been norovirus?
The a strain of the highly contagious and debilitating bug — which causes stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea — has been diagnosed among at least a dozen staffers with the California Republican Party, resulting in quarantines in their hotel rooms.
Asked whether he thought he had fallen victim, Moore said he didn’t know.
“I sure hope not,” he said. “Not sure we will ever know.”
In any event, Moore appears to have recovered. He was out of bed early Monday morning to introduce the speakers at the delegation’s first breakfast event and by Tuesday he was delivering remarks at an event for lawmakers and stakeholders on the impact of addiction on families.
There is also no immediate word on other South Carolina delegates have started experiencing norovirus symptoms.
11:30 a.m.: Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster will deliver a nominating speech for Donald Trump on the convention stage Tuesday night, but at least two Republicans traveling with the South Carolina delegation are making it clear McMaster doesn’t speak for them.
Trump’s “entire life has been a cluster of terrible,” said Robbie Norwood of Spartanburg.
Norwood and Tommy Dinsdale, secretary of the Spartanburg GOP, are in Cleveland this week as delegate guests. They are part of the “Delegates Unbound” movement - an effort by opponents of Trump to allow all delegates to vote on the convention floor for whichever candidate they want.
South Carolina, and multiple other states, require convention delegates to vote for the winner of the state GOP presidential primary.
Efforts fell flat on Monday to force a revisit of the convention rules, and all signs indicate Trump will not have trouble clinching the nomination later today.
Still, Norwood and Dinsdale are sticking around and planning on making their voices heard. They also bought stickers from a vender they have affixed to their “First in the South” credentials which feature an illustration of Trump and the word “loser.”
Norwood said he and Dinsdale might be the loudest, but they aren’t alone in their sentiments. He explained that many S.C. delegates are being “threatened.” Some are being told they will be removed as delegates and forced to be alternates. He said he saw one email to a delegate that read, “if you don’t fall in line with Trump, I’ll be the first to put a bullet in your head.”
“These are evil people,” said Norwood. “These are New York mob liberal tactics.”
Norwood supported U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during the GOP presidential primary.
10:30 a.m. This is U.S. Rep. Tom Rice’s first convention as a member of Congress. It is also his first convention ever.
“It’s a lot more exciting than I thought it would be,” the South Carolina Republican, elected to office in 2012, told The Post and Courier at breakfast.
He was also coming around to the idea of Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee.
“He can have a divisive kind of rhetoric,” Rice said, “but he said in that impromptu news conference he did in Palm Beach — he had won three or four states at that point — he said, ‘I can be a uniter. I will be a uniter.’ That gave me hope.
“I wish he had started doing it sooner. I’m really hoping really hard he starts doing it right now,” he continued. “I want to see that, and I think if he does that, he will win fairly easily in November.”
9:40 a.m.: South Carolina delegates largely shrugged off allegations that Melania Trump last night delivered a speech which plagiarized portions of Michelle Obama’s address in 2008.
“If it was anything it all, it was a coincidence,” said Moye Graham, Clarendon County GOP chairman. “I think it’s the media trying to piss off (Donald) Trump so he’ll react like he normally reacts.”
“I’ve heard people talk about it but I haven’t seen the reports,” said delegate Terry Hardesty. “I haven’t compared the speech.”
Jim Corbett of Columbia said if plagiarism did occur, it was simply “part of the learning curve for new politicians.
“Of all the things that happened last night — of all the things I remember, I’m not going to remember that speech 10 years from now,” Corbett continued. “I’m going to remember Marcus Lutrell, and the SEALs, and the Benghazi stories. That hit me in the gut.”
9 a.m.: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the first speaker on the S.C. delegation’s breakfast lineup Tuesday, seemed as if he were giving an audition for the next Palmetto State GOP presidential primary.
He touched on all the points: Dropping names, praising the food and reminding delegates that his favorite part of running for president in 2016 was “talking to people.” He stood to the side of the podium rather than directly behind it, holding the microphone and speaking in a conversational manner without appearing to read from notes. He drew applause for alluding to school choice, American work ethic and his escape unscathed from an effort to recall his governorship.
Scheduled to be a primetime speaker at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, Walker acknowledged that Donald Trump “was not my first choice. I was my first choice,” to a titter of laughter from the crowd.
But Walker said he was determined to defeat Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presumptive nominee, with whom he said he would not “trust the password to (his) iPhone, let alone classified information.
“It’s time to tell the world that Clinton has to abide by the same rules as the rest of America,” Walker boomed into the microphone as many delegates rose to their feet.
Speaking to reporters after the presentation, Scott demurred when pressed on his future political plans, having followed a visit to the Iowa delegation breakfast to a meeting with South Carolina’s.
“A lot of these states,” Walker said, “we sent a lot of time here. You want to see people.”
8:30 a.m.: South Carolina delegates kicked off Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with another breakfast meeting a stone’s throw from their hotel.
Among the buzz on the line for coffee was Melania Trump’s Monday night speech, which appears to have lifted some portions of the speech delivered in 2008 by then-aspiring First Lady Michelle Obama. Delegates were still learning about the overnight news developments and wanted to hold off on weighing in on the record until after they’d had something to eat.
S.C. GOP Chairman Matt Moore, revived from a bad case of food poisoning, thanked delegates for their prayers during his low points in the last 24 hours. He introduced the first speaker of the morning program, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently shares Moore’s love of fine, American-made dress shoes.