That’s absolutely FALSE.
After the primaries and caucuses hold in January and February:
Newt Gingrich - 29 pledged delegates
Ron Paul - 8 pledged delegates
Rick Santorum - 3 pledged delegates
Mitt Romney - 73 pledged delegates
(By awarding all 50 delegates to Romney, Florida broke the RNC delegate allocation rules. If these delegates are important, a motion can be made from the floor of the National Convention to have these delegates awarded proportionally)
Unpledged delegates Caucus Selected - 116
Unpledged delegates Party Leaders - 12
Unpledged delegates Released - 2
The listed pledged delegates for each candidate are the only the delegates that are actually bound to those candidates.
Unpledged caucus selected delegates are any delegates that are selected at county, regional, or state conventions as an extension of the caucus process without regard for non-binding presidential straw polls often also conducted at caucuses.
Unpledged party selected delegates are delegates selected through the state party that are not a part of the caucus or primary process. For example Illinois and Indiana select unpledged delegates at their state conventions in addition to those selected during their primaries.
Unpledged party leaders are state party officials who are delegates by virtue of their position.
Unpledged released delegates are those delegates won by a candidate who has withdrawn from the race and therefore have become unpledged delegates, such as the 2 delegates won by John Huntsman in New Hampshire.
These are unpledged delegates: Colorado - 36, Minnesota - 40, Missouri - 0, Maine - 24, Iowa - 28
At the Convention, they are not bound to the candidates, and may vote as they please.
And you think the non pledged delegates for Rick are not going to support him? Not likely. Also you sour grapes about the FL delegate split is funny. I don't remember Newt whining about winner takes all prior to the FL election.
Florida broke the rules. Set an example GOP... ENFORCE THE RULES!
Rule No. 15: Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates
(1) No primary, caucus, or convention to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to the first Tuesday in March in the year in which a national convention is held.
Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their processes at any time on or after February 1 in the year in which a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (2) of this rule.
(2) Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.