Romney campaign pushes Republican delegate changes
August 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign pushes Republican delegate changes

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - In a move backed by Mitt Romney advisers, Republicans just made it harder for grassroots activists to undermine the outcome of primaries and caucuses at state conventions.

The rules change, approved Friday by Republican National Committee officials in Tampa, was an implicit response to efforts by Ron Paul supporters to secure delegates at GOP state conventions and overturn the results of various primaries and caucuses.

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The amendment to party bylaws was proposed by Romney attorney Ben Ginsberg, a delegate from the District of Columbia.

Ginsberg said the rule change would fix "what we saw as a damaging flaw in the presidential selection and election process and wish to correct for 2016."

The flaw: Even after votes were counted on primary or caucus night throughout the winter and spring, a candidate – Romney, for instance – was not guaranteed to pick up the corresponding number of delegates to send to the national convention.

In some cases, as in Nevada or Iowa, a statewide caucus victory did not guarantee bound delegates to the convention. That left an opportunity later in the summer at state GOP meetings for supporters of Paul to pack convention delegations with their dedicated allies.

The new rule, adopted by a 56-40 vote, would allow each campaign to select their delegates to the national convention, instead of waiting for the process to unfold at state convention level.

The rule would only apply to statewide votes and not to states like Michigan, where primary delegates are allocated by congressional district.

"The candidate who wins the actual statewide vote gets their supporters as delegates," Ginsberg said in arguing for the rules change.

Supporters called the rule "common sense." Opponents said it would hamstring states from determining how their own party rules.

An official from the RNC said the new rule made it so campaigns would not have to return to a state like Iowa, months after the caucuses ended, to whip up votes at a state convention to protect their delegates.

"If you win the state once during the primary process, you won the state," the official said. "You don't have to go back and win it again for delegate seats."

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC


    In the Republican Party people are individual from each other with a self achievement purpose, Democrats on the other hand are a collective, all helping 1 person achieve, all follow the same frame of mind, no independent thinking. Republicans will disagree with each other,
    You've got it backwards. When a Republican disagrees with the party line, they basically get thrown out of the party for being a liberal minded, free thinking Democrat.

    August 24, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Ron

    People, this means the Republicans literally just voted out the "Republic" in Republicans. I guess this means they are now Democraticans?

    August 24, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Millions of people have asked to see the REAL birth certificate from Obama and he keeps trotting out the OBVIOUS forgeries."

    Pro Tip: Usually, it's not a great idea to speak publicly while hallucinating. Wait for the acid or bath salts or whatever to wear off and THEN come back to comment.

    August 24, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    Romney and Ryan........ Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century.◄
    More like Heckel and Jeckel (from the old days.... LOL)

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 24, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. cali girl

    My views, Democrats disagree with each other, then cut then off.. Hmm, where have you BEEN this week. The great majority of the GOP/TBaggers all told Akin to get lost. Funding cut off from all sources, including Koch Bros PAC, RNC, and so on. They turned their backs on him. Huckabee went further and said they ran him over with a tanker.
    Come on already. Akin represents the entire GOP platform, he was the dumb one who spoke out loud about it, no everyone is distancing them selves. Talk about the hypocrisy on that one.

    August 24, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "You've got it backwards."

    I strongly suggest everyone spend some time googling projection, "reaction formation" and denial in the context of paranoid delusions and bipolar disorder. The GOP/Teatrolls are really teetering on the brink of just willy-nilly inventing their own version of reality to live in beacuse the real one isn't to their liking.

    August 24, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "They turned their backs on him"

    Then released a party platform that completely and 100% agrees with Akin.

    August 24, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Simon Jester

    "liberal minded, free thinking Democrat" is an oxy-moron.

    August 24, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Simon Jester

    Yeah, heaven forbid that people voting actually have an influence on the Republican candidate chosen.

    August 24, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Simon Jester

    Anyone foolish enough to support Obama is either a parasite waiting on their handouts or just plain stupid.

    August 24, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. najie2

    You people really want to elect MITT THE TWIT?

    August 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Fox News Rules the News World

    myviewis - Democrats do not disagree with each other and anyone that dares to disagree with them is a bad person and gets cut off the group.
    Joe Lieberman comes to mind... One of their Vice Presidential candidates no less!! Talk about turn on your own.

    The Democrat Party is really not the Democrat Party anymore. George Soros bought it years ago and has refused to rename it to what it really is, the Progressive Socialist Party.

    August 24, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Sooooo – they want their delegates "chained".

    August 24, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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