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Delegates gather for Wednesday's session at the RNC

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(08/29/12) - The Mid-Michigan delegation is still on a high following Tuesday night's roll call vote at the Republican National Convention.

Wednesday, they'll witness speeches by some big names in the GOP, including vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The delegates are gathering for Wednesday's session. The theme is "We Can Change It."

Former Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Mike Huckabee will take center stage, as well as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Then, of course, the acceptance speech by Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan.

It's already been a busy day for the Michigan delegation, which gathered for a brunch featuring Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

Rick Swindlehurst, an alternate delegate from Mt. Pleasant, didn't get to vote during the roll call Tuesday night, but he's happy to be here just the same. He's now looking forward to vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan's speech Wednesday.

"I managed to get down on the floor in the front row, and I thought it was excellent being able to see all of the people coming by," Swindlehurst said. "I think Paul Ryan is probably the man to put us into a balanced budget. Our Gov. Snyder has done it, Chris Christie has done it."

Ruth Johnson says the fact that Michigan has been front-and-center all week will help bring voters out to the polls.

"Michigan is Mitt's hometown, and it's where he was born. I just think it gets people more enthusiastic about voting, and that's what we need - we need more participation," she said.

Linden delegate Denise Graves thinks that excitement for the Romney-Ryan ticket will help the GOP on the local level too.

"I think people are going to be really surprised come November of how much of a swing we're going to get. I do believe we're going to pick up some other seats in Genesee County - I believe we're going to pick up an extra commission seat," Graves said.

But before any of that can happen, Mitt Romney needs to accept the nomination, which he'll do primetime Thursday night.

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