CLEVELAND — On the floor of the Republican National Convention, the state of the GOP depends very much on who you ask.
The convention floor is arranged by state, and over in Colorado, where the delegates are bound not to presumptive nominee Donald Trump but to Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, the mood is pessimistic.
"It's very divided," Delegate Sue Sharkey, of Parker, Co., told the Washington Examiner. "There's not the party unity, the celebration that we've enjoyed at past conventions. There's a lot of tension, a lot of fighting and worrying, for our country and for our party."
Over in Texas, another Cruz-bound state, delegates are mostly backing Trump with a smile and have a sunnier outlook on the future of the GOP.
"Ted Cruz was my first choice," Ruby Manen, of Floresville, Texas, said. "But we believe in the process and during the process the people spoke and they chose Trump. Most of us in the Texas delegation feel that way. I think the Republican party will be strong when it's over."
Sharkey, who does not support Trump, is among the faction of delegates who hoped to change the RNC rules so that delegates would be free to vote for the candidate of their choice.
The effort was fueled by anti-Trump forces still hoping there would be some way to nominate another Republican to head the GOP ticket.
"I think we have some serious sour grapes with some folks," Tom Starks, a delegate from North Carolina and a member of the RNC rules committee, told the Examiner. "I think there are some people, that, because a few have encouraged them, are not willing to put the primary behind them. It's potentially harmful to the party and I hope they come to their senses."
By Monday, it appeared the Trump opposition forces lost their fight as well as a floor battle to require a roll call vote to pass the convention rules package, which was considered another move to block Trump.
For a moment on Monday, the floor broke out into a shouting match between Trump supporters and those who were demanding a roll call vote on the rules.
It all ended quickly, however, and even those who instigated the fight said they were satisfied that the RNC had at least recognized their motion for a roll call vote, which was ignored by GOP officials at the 2012 convention.
"It's progress," Alaska delegate Dave Donnelly said.
The Ohio delegation, bound to Gov. John Kasich, who ran against Trump, was tucked into a far corner of the convention floor rather than a place of prominence that might be expected for the state hosting the convention.
The delegation lost prime seating in part because Kasich has not endorsed Trump and does not plan to attend the RNC.
Ohio delegate Jerry Hruby, attending his sixth convention, said it was no big deal.
"When we leave here, we are going to leave here united and we are going to go out and elect a Republican president," Hruby said. "I don't feel any different than I have at any other convention."
Hruby said the movement to oust Trump is all but over.
"The voter has spoken and here we are," he said. As for the Ohio seating, Hruby said, "We could be somewhere worse than where we are."