Skip to comments.Texas Republican Delegation 2008 (TX Delegate Allocation Rules)
Posted on 02/25/2008 12:16:41 AM PST by Kurt Evans
Tuesday 4 March 2008: 137 of 140 of Texas's delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders in today's Texas Presidential Primary.
* 96 district delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the 32 congressional districts: each congressional district is assigned 3 National Convention delegates. These delegates are allocated to the presidential contenders as follows:
* If a candidate receives a majority of the vote (more than 50%), that candidate is allocated all 3 of the district's delegates. [General Rules for All Conventions and Meetings Section 8.a.]
* If no candidate receives a majority of the vote and at least 1 candidate receives 20% or more of the vote, the candidate with the most votes (plurality) receives 2 delegates and the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes receives 1 delegate. However, if the plurality winner receives more than 20% and the number of votes received by the next highest candidate is less than 20%, the plurality winner receives 3 delegates. [Section 8.b.]
* If no candidate receives 20% of the vote then the top 3 vote getters each receive 1 delegate. [Section 8.c.]
* 41 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 31 bonus delegates) are to be allocated to the presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide. These delegates are allocated to the presidential contenders as follows:
* If a candidate receives a majority of the vote (more than 50%), that candidate is allocated all 41 at-large delegates. [Section 9.a.]
* If no candidate receives a majority of the vote and at least 1 candidate receives 20% or more of the vote, the 41 at-large delegates are allocated proportionally among those candidates receiving 20% or more of the vote. Rounding rules: Beginning with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes, round any fraction to the next whole number of delegates. Continue this process with the next highest vote getter and repeat until all the delegates are allocated. [Section 9.b.]
* If no candidate receives 20% of the vote, allocate the 41 at-large delegates proportionally. Rounding rules: Beginning with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes, round any fraction to the next whole number of delegates. Continue this process with the next highest vote getter and repeat until all the delegates are allocated. [Section 9.c.]
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Texas's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.
If Governor Huckabee, Congressman Paul and Ambassador Keyes combine for 50 percent of the vote throughout Texas, Governor Huckabee could narrowly lose every district and still withhold up to 52 delegates from McCain (1 per district and 20 at large). So theoretically the presence of Paul and Keyes might actually help Governor Huckabee in districts where McCain is strong, as opposed to merely splitting the conservative vote. Maybe Keyes considered similar possibilities in January:
Alan Keyes launches Texas swing:
Alan Keyes Makes Last Stand in Texas:
New York Times delegate count (McCain at 827):
How John McCain may still lose the nomination (see post #4):
The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs the affairs of man [Romans 8:28]. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice [Matthew 10:29], is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it [Psalms 127:1]. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel [Genesis 11:1-9].
Benjamin Franklin, arguing the need for prayer at the Constitutional Convention
I’m voting for Romney.
“Im voting for Romney.”
Obviously I’d prefer that you vote for Governor Huckabee, but any vote against McCain has the potential to help Governor Huckabee by making it more difficult for McCain to reach 50 percent in that district and statewide. So if it’s a choice between voting for Romney and not voting at all, by all means I’d encourage you to vote for Romney.
“So if its a choice between voting for Romney and not voting at all, by all means Id encourage you to vote for Romney.”
Unless you’re in a district where Governor Huckabee has a shot at reaching 50 percent himself. In that case cross over and help put Clinton out of her misery.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.