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Effort underway to turn Texas into winner-take-all state
Daily Caller ^ | April 6, 2012 | Caroline May

Posted on 04/06/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT by Mozilla

An effort to shake up the GOP primary race is underway in the Longhorn State. The outcome could set the course for a brokered convention by keeping front-runner Mitt Romney from securing enough delegates to win the presidential nomination outright.

David Bellow, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, told The Daily Caller that he believes there is enough support among committee members to call an emergency SREC meeting to vote to change Texas’ primary from a proportional system to winner-take-all delegate state.

According to Bellow, the effort has support from the necessary 15 SREC members to petition and call for an emergency meeting to make the decision.

In order for the committee to vote they will need a quorum of 50 percent, and in order to change the rules they will need a two-thirds vote of the SREC members in attendance at the emergency meeting.

“I think it is very likely that we get the two-thirds. We have not submitted the petition yet because we kind of want to make sure we have that two-thirds,” said Bellow. “We don’t want to call the meeting and then get there — all the way to Austin — and then not have the votes. So right now we are making sure we have the votes and it looks like we do have the votes.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; primary; santorum; texas
Good news if this is going to happen. Texas won't go to Romney.
1 posted on 04/06/2012 10:24:13 AM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla
Works for me.

Anybody but Obama (or Romney).

2 posted on 04/06/2012 10:26:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: Mozilla

I’m no fan fan of Romney, but this is bull$hit.


3 posted on 04/06/2012 10:30:40 AM PDT by WackySam (Obama got Osama just like Nixon landed on the moon.)
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To: WackySam
This thing will backfire on Santorum and his fanatics big time. This will absolutely, ruin his political future. It looks petty, whiny and desperate. He will forever wear this label and it will cost him even more support.

But they refuse to listen to reasonable advice. Nobody from their side, can not claim that there has not been enough logical advice given, to save them from further embarrassment.

4 posted on 04/06/2012 10:49:01 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Mozilla
Wacky Texans seceding from the Republican Party? Too hot, or I'd move there.
5 posted on 04/06/2012 10:52:42 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: WackySam
I’m no fan fan of Romney, but this is bull$hit.

It is because the Santorum folks want a couple of other states to go from winner-take-all to proportional. It's just political maneuvering.
6 posted on 04/06/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Mozilla
Good news if this is going to happen. Texas won't go to Romney.

5 out of the 6 largest cities in Texas went for Obama in 2008, and Fort Worth wasn't far from making it 6-for-6. Romney does best in areas that are liberal.

The Texas legislature is led by a Democrat with an (R) next to his name. Romney has Lamar Smith in his pocket, and God only knows who else.

It's going to be a tough fight.
7 posted on 04/06/2012 11:01:08 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Mozilla

This is the last presidential election with a republican party. Next cycle; demublicans vs. the Tea Party.


8 posted on 04/06/2012 11:03:44 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Mozilla
I thought the rules of these primaries were that after Super Tuesday all Republican primaries were to be winner-take-all. Before that date they were proportional. So Texas should be winner take all.

If I am remembering this correctly.

9 posted on 04/06/2012 11:05:30 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: Mozilla

Isn’t it a bit late in the game to be changing the rules though?

Otherwise, I’m fine with it


10 posted on 04/06/2012 11:07:36 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: willgolfforfood

Florida was winner-take-all but they were penalized by getting only half as many delegates as they would have if they had played by the RNC rules. After the primary Gingrich tried to get the Florida delegates shared, but haven’t heard anything lately about that.


11 posted on 04/06/2012 11:08:31 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Mozilla

I figured it would go this way when the redistricting lawsuit came up. Unintended consequence of the “hispanics” attempted power grab through the liberal judges initial ruling.

It pushes the primary back to after April 1, thus easily opening the door to switching back to Winner-Take-All.

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12 posted on 04/06/2012 11:09:46 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Mozilla

So Effing cheaters is what we are now?

Changing the rules in the middle of the game is stacking the deck and ain’t right.

How many other Florida’s and Lone Star states are we going to go along with for this crap?


13 posted on 04/06/2012 11:22:43 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: WackySam

I agree. Not a fan of Romney either, but changing the rules in the middle of the game is something liberals specialize at.


14 posted on 04/06/2012 11:24:03 AM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: Mozilla

Santorum needs to be very carefull. He may get more than he bargained for. The Large population centers will vote for Mittens just like that have in all the Previous Southern States. That is a fact just look at any of the maps this primary Season.

Mittens has a very good GOTV and plenty of Money. Santorum appears to be Tired and we know he is Under Funded. Make TX a winner take all and Mittens will unleash Bloody Tuesday II on Santorum count on it.

If Mittens gets 155 Delegates from TX well its over. If Mittens splits TX with Santorum then we have a chance at Tampa.


15 posted on 04/06/2012 11:30:51 AM PDT by Bailee
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To: Marcella

At least, thanks to you, I wasn’t surprised.


16 posted on 04/06/2012 11:34:49 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Mozilla
Redistricting has made the Texas Primary a drawn out process as the district lines were being established at both the Congressional and state legislative levels. Changes have been made along the way to the primary election process but they never tried to change the proportional allocation until now. Politics....

Current method of Allocation of Delegates


Tuesday 29 May 2012: 152 of Texas's 155 delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders in today's Texas Presidential Primary. [General Rules for All Conventions and Meetings. Rule 38. Section 8. f.]

From the statewide vote, compute the number of delegates each candidate receives by multiplying that candidate's percentage of the statewide vote by the total number (152) of district and at-large delegates.

  • Beginning with the candidate receiving the most votes statewide, round up fractional delegates of 0.51% and above to the next whole number. Round down fractional delegates below 0.51%.
  • Repeat for the next highest vote getter until all 152 delegates are bound.

A Presidential candidate may withdraw from participation in the Presidential Primary ... by filing with the Secretary of the SREC a signed and acknowledged request ... votes cast for that candidate shall be deemed votes for uncommitted [Rule 38 - Section 2.d]

In addition to the ballot listing of the names of the qualifying Presidential candidates, there shall appear at the bottom of such listing ... a place designated "Uncommitted" ... [Rule 38 - Section 3.c]


17 posted on 04/06/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: packrat35

How is it in the middle of the game? Nobody in Texas has voted yet? If Texas had voted before Florida, this might be a different election.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 12:08:00 PM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: GeronL

It is my understanding, after attending a meeting last night, that this will probably not be doable for this year but would/could apply in future elections. With only a few exceptions the major opinion expressed by attendees and presenters was that all primaries need to be held on the same day or at a minimum that Texas should hold their primary the same time as Florida. Of course our biggest problem this year was the Federal government and judges who stuck their nose in our business once again and wouldn’t accept our new redistricting maps.


19 posted on 04/06/2012 12:13:33 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: WackySam

>I’m no fan fan of Romney, but this is bull$hit.

That started with:

1) allowing Romney, a democrat to run for the GOP
2) not calling Romney on his racist Mormon cult
3) Romney using his fortune to run negative ads
4) Romney’s endless flip-flopping

Changing the rules lawfully is just that.


20 posted on 04/06/2012 12:20:44 PM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: Mozilla
Texas won't go to Romney.

I very well might in a four man race.

21 posted on 04/06/2012 2:27:26 PM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are most of my comments.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Works for me.

Yeah, cause changing the rules in midstream is such a bedrock, conservative principle, right?

22 posted on 04/06/2012 4:28:25 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy
Yeah, cause changing the rules in midstream is such a bedrock, conservative principle, right?

What goes around, comes around.

We are fighting Alinskyites.

We can allow them to force us to live up to our own book of rules (Rules for Radicals #4) and lose, or we can use their own tactics against them and win.

Are you tired of losing yet, or do you want to keep doing the same thing over and over again (Bush I, Bob Dull, John McKeating, Myth Romney) and expect a different result?

23 posted on 04/06/2012 4:51:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“This thing will backfire on Santorum and his fanatics big time. This will absolutely, ruin his political future.”

If Santorum takes out Romney, and the eventual nominee goes on to beat Obama (something that Romney cannot do), then Santorum becomes a Republican LEGEND, on a par with Reagan.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 5:16:57 PM PDT by BobL
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
This thing will backfire on Santorum and his fanatics big time.

Like your masquerading as a Newt supporter while shilling for Willard has backfired on you?

You have no credibility here - might as well change your screen name.

25 posted on 04/07/2012 9:17:26 AM PDT by skeeter
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