Ron Paul Terrifies the Red and Blue Team
GOP presidential contender Ron Paul has shocked mainstream media outlets and the GOP with some upset victories in recent weeks. Ron Paul supporters have managed to win a majority of delegates in states like Nevada, Maine, Iowa, Louisiana, and Massachusetts at district caucuses. In several of those states, the delegates are not bound by the popular vote, which means they can vote for Ron Paul at the convention, regardless of who emerged victoriously at the primary caucuses.
What does all this mean for the Texas constitutionalist? The Huffington Post notes, “Paul can be nominated from the floor in Tampa by a plurality of five state delegations.”
The Des Moines Register adds, “Paul must have a majority of support from at least five state delegations. With states like North Dakota, Minnesota and others on track, his supporters could then attempt to nominate from the floor.”
In other words, Ron Paul is not entirely out of this competition.
There are approximately 30 states and territories wherein delegates are not bound to a particular candidate, regardless of the popular vote. Most states require delegates to be bound by the popular vote in just the first found of ballots, but not in the rounds that follow.
“The dirty little secret is: At the end of the day, these guys and gals can vote any way they want,” asserts one anonymous Republican who has attended numerous national conventions. “Each state has different laws on pledged delegates.”