Didn't former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney win the states of Maine and Nevada in February's caucuses? He was able to win the popular vote, but three months later, it turns out that Texas Congressman Ron Paul is the winner.
It seems that Mitt Romney may not have the Republican nomination sewed up as he continues to lose delegates week after week. If Ron Paul continues to be awarded delegates in states that have already held their GOP contests, the floor of the Republican National Convention in August could be as raucous as the 1976 Republican primary between Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
During the weekend state convention, it was confirmed that the three-time presidential candidate is the actual winner of Nevada. Paul’s supporters were able to capture 22 of the Nevada’s 28 delegates (three were already automatic delegates).
The Washington Post reports that the state’s delegates are bounded by its results on the first convention ballot, which is not being contended by Paul voters for fear of losing their seats altogether. Those who abstain will be replaced with alternates.
Paul was in Nevada Saturday when he spoke for about 15 minutes. Romney’s son, Josh, was also in the state Saturday afternoon.
Digital Journal reported that the Republican National Committee warned the Nevada GOP of permitting Paul supporters take too many slots to the national convention. If that was the case, it said that it may opt against seating the state’s delegation.
In February, Romney won 50 percent of the popular vote, while Paul was third and garnered 18 percent of the vote. The mainstream media projected that Romney would get at least 14 delegates, but the final tally showed Paul the eventual winner.
At a messy state convention over the weekend, Paul’s organized supporters were also able to grab 20 of the state’s 24 delegates. The Bangor Daily News reported Saturday of the chaos that ensued in a seven-hour process that usually takes 20 minutes.
Following a narrow election win, the Maine GOP elected Ron Paul delegates Ron Morrell as secretary and Brent Tweed as chairman. Both delegates were selected ahead of the establishment’s choices.
After the turmoil, it was confirmed Sunday that the 12-term Texas Congressman will get 20 delegates to the RNC floor. However, Romney supporters called the decision unfair and illegal and will challenge the results.
“They [Paul supporters] have so phenomenally screwed this up that they will go to Tampa and not be seated,” said Charles Cragin, a Romney supporter who lost a bid Saturday to chair the convention, in an interview with the Press Herald. “When you have no rules, you have anarchy.”
The Romney campaign even sent a lawyer down to the convention.
In February, Maine held its GOP contests, which saw Romney win in controversial fashion. The former governor was able to get 39 percent and Paul got 36 percent and was 194 votes shy of tying Romney.
Again, the mainstream media projected that Romney would come out the winner in terms of delegates.
Many claimed electoral fraud in early February in The Pine Tree State because of all of the irregularities and discrepancies that engulfed the state’s caucuses. Digital Journal provided an in-depth look at the controversy, such as one county’s caucus being cancelled because of a snowstorm when there was hardly any snow.
It is unclear as to how many delegates Romney and Paul actually have now. The Associated Press’ delegate count has Romney at 856 delegates, while Paul has 94 delegates. The Green Papers has a count of 727 hard pledges to Romney and 54 hard pledges to Paul.
There are approximately 300 delegates uncommitted and the delegates that former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich were able to win are now unbounded.
By June, Republican voters should get a clear picture of the total delegate counts for the two remaining GOP contenders. Digital Journal reported Friday that Paul has won at least five states and has qualified to have his name on the ballot in August.
Tuesday will see three Republican contests when Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia hold their respective primaries. A total of 132 delegates will be at stake.