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To: CharlesWayneCT
"It’s like their election is next month, but the outcome is already set in stone."


Please, study the party rules. Look at party history.

99 posted on 03/08/2012 8:04:26 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

It is absolutely true for some of the states. And it’s not true for a few states. And that’s why there are different counts.

But to pretend Santorum will get zero delegates from the caucuses is absurd.

For example, here are the rules for North Dakota: “The National Convention delegates from North Dakota are elected at the State Convention in such a way so that they best reflect the presidential preference of the Caucus participants.”

They aren’t “awarded” yet, but they will be, and they will reflect the votes taken on Super Tuesday, and Santorum will get those votes.

In other cases, arguing about unbound delegates is rediculous because, to the degree they aren’t bound, the problem is they will vote for Romney, not that somehow if Santorum dropped out Gingrich would get them.

In other states, the votes taken aren’t binding, but the same people who voted also voted for state delegates, and those delegates have been polled, and they will vote for the delegates going to the convention, and will vote for the candidates they support.

To pretend that the Iowa delegates are still unknown is another absurd argument. It would be like you saying you were going to vote for Gingrich, and me arguing that we can’t count that vote until you actuall cast it — like anybody here has any doubt what you are going to do.

There are cases where a candidate could ask his state delegates to vote for another candidate’s RNC delegate. And theoretically the delegates could just decide to switch allegiance, like Gingrich’s one delegate in Tennessee who jumped to Santorum and still got elected as a Gingrich delegate.

BTW, the RNC is still counting that as a Gingrich delegate — because nobody thinks the guy is going to switch his delegate vote to Santorum, even though he now supports Santorum, because unlike apparently people here at FR think, most of these delegate people are honorable people who will vote the way they are expected, even though they are not duty-bound to do so.

118 posted on 03/08/2012 8:38:10 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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