posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 12:08 PM
All references are from Wikipedia:
The 2012 Republican presidential primaries are the selection processes in which voters of the Republican Party are electing delegates to the
Republican National Convention of the party. This convention nominate a candidate to run for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential
election. There will be 2,286 delegates chosen, and a candidate must accumulate 1,144 delegate votes to win the nomination.
So basically, delegates are being selected or elected to represent their respective districts. The key is that some are binding, some are
To become the Republican Party's nominee for the 2012 presidential election a candidate needs a majority of 1,144 delegates to vote for him. The 2012
race is significantly different from earlier races. Many states have switched from their old winner-take-all allocation to proportional allocation.
Many remaining winner-take-all states are allocating delegates to both the winner of each congressional district and the winner of the state. The
change was made to prolong the race, giving lesser known candidates a chance and making it harder for a frontrunner to secure the majority early. It
was also hoped that this change in the election system would energize the base of the party.
But the "elections" per state that are going on now are more or less a fancy poll:
But the actual election of the delegates are many times at a later date. Delegates are elected in different ways that vary from state to state. They
can be elected at local conventions, selected from slates submitted by the candidates, selected at committee meetings or elected directly at the
caucuses and primaries. Until the delegates are actually elected the delegate numbers are by nature projections, but it is only in the nonbinding
caucus states where they are not allocated at the primary or caucus date.
This is because those votes (committed delegates) dont mean anything if a candidate does not receive 1,144 once all states have "voted".
If that happens, the GOP enters an "open convention" aka "brokered convention
A brokered convention is a situation in United States politics in which there are not enough delegates won during the presidential primary and caucus
elections for a single candidate to have a pre-existing majority, during the first official vote for a political party's presidential candidate at its
So, to answer your question, if I understand this correctly: if Romney does not win 1144 delegates right now (does not receive the 'nomination'), we
enter the open convention, in which all 2286 delegates are unbound.
I have a suspicion on why Santorum and Gingrich dropped out early.
edit on 30-4-2012 by TomServo because: (no reason
edit on 30-4-2012 by TomServo because: (no reason given)