This week, 2,286 delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories have descended upon Tampa for the purpose of choosing the next Republican nominee for president. While these delegates are all united by party, they often differ in regional loyalties, candidate partiality, and issue preferences. Sometimes, they are quite different from one another, and look differently from how we imagine the average Republican voter.
Linda Lee Tarver, a delegate from Michigan, and Jackie Curtiss, a delegate from Alabama, both represent atypical Republicans. Linda is an African American woman, a group that overwhelmingly votes Democratic, and Jackie is a 22-year-old woman.