In the discussion thread: SURPRISE! Ron Paul Destroyed Mitt Romney In Massachusetts This Weekend [View all]
Response to grantcart (Reply #22)
Fri May 4, 2012, 07:01 AM
Cosmocat (7,757 posts)
Every state runs it a little differently.
Paul, based on having gone through it a couple of times, based on having an unusually loyal following, and a mentality within his world view to be a little more rebelious about things, they targeted the states, mostly smaller ones, where they could bushwack their way into the delegates.
My point was the point you made, he knows the system well and is taking advantage of it, but there are not that many states that allow for this kind of insurgency.
Pa, for example, is nothing like this.
The majority of the delegates ARE voted on election day, and they tend to be more mainstream party representatives, state senators, county party chairs ... This is outside of a 10 at large types who are rock solid party types.
They will get in line with whoever won the majority vote for the state.
What Paul is doing is not new.
Most states have worked their primary delegate processes to avoid the kind of thing he is doing.
Romney, I think half was not on the ball with it/half knows that even with Paul bushwacking him here and there, and all the clown car candidates, he knew his delegate math going in, like BO did four years ago, and is willing to lose some battles knowing he will win out at the end.
This wikipage has a nice chart of all the states and how delegates get broken up, from "winner take all" to proportional to no allocation.
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