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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

GOP Primary Cleanup: Utah For Romney

The end of June came and went, and we were focusing on numerous other events. The last Republican primary to vote was in Utah On June 26th with 220,965 people voting.

Utah (40 Delegates): Mitt Romney 93%; Ron Paul 4.7%; Rick Santorum 1.5%; Newt Gingrich 0.5% and Fred Karger 0.3%. Mitt Romney received all 40 delegates.

In the final delegate total for the Republican Convention, delegates can be looked at two ways. The Green Papers identifies them as "Hard: delegates and "Soft" delegates. Hard delegates are the most important statistic.  However, Romney wins handily with both measurements.  Below are the delegate counts for the candidates and former candidates in both categories:
"Soft" Delegates
Need to Nominate1,144
W Romney1,489
R Santorum258
(available)207
R Paul154
N Gingrich142
Uncommitted35
M Bachmann1
Total2,286

"Hard" Delegates
Need to Nominate1,144
W Romney1,369
Uncommitted298
R Santorum251
N Gingrich143
(available)124
R Paul98
J Huntsman2
M Bachmann1
Total2,286

Again, Mitt Romney has enough committed delegates via the "Hard" delegate count to win the Republican nomination.  Based on comments of support, it is expected that Santorium, Gingrich, Huntsman, and Bachmann will also release their delegates to vote for Mitt Romney.

The continue push not by Ron Paul, who has acknowledged that Romney is the nominee, but by some of his supporters for an open convention is not going to happen.  Some have argued that delegates are going as Romney supporters but will switch their votes.  Since the delegates filed as a supporter for a particular candidate, are they advocating that people would have lied to secure a delegate position with the intent to deceive. I doubt this very much. It appears that people outside the Republican Party continue to stir the waters.

The goal of the Republican Party is picking a willing candidate who can both 1) defeat the incumbent - Barack Obama - and 2) lead America out of the economic and loss of freedoms melt down under the current president's Obama administration.

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