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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, the first high-profile Utah politician to embrace presumptive nominee Donald Trump, failed to win a delegate slot to the Republican national Convention, but that hasn't kept him away from Cleveland.

Hughes strolled into the Utah delegation's breakfast gathering at a hotel in Akron, Ohio, early Monday and made the rounds.

"How could I stay away from it? I hear there is a fight coming. How can I stay away if there is a fight?" joked Hughes, a boxing aficionado.

He's offered himself up to the Trump campaign as a surrogate and plans to visit with the delegations of other states while in town. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is doing the same thing.

Hatch, who sponsored the breakfast, asked Hughes to speak. Knowing he was speaking before a crowd that views Trump skeptically, Hughes said: "Vote your conscience, but at the end of the day we can not have Hillary Clinton as the president of this country or I'm afraid we'll have a country that doesn't look anything like what we've enjoyed."