NDGOP’s National Delegate Selection Sparks Controversy At Convention

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So far the most interesting development at the NDGOP convention has to do with the selection of the state party’s national delegates who would help pick the presidential nominee at the national convention.

You readers will remember that, on caucus night, Rick Santorum cleaned the state up by a significant margin with Ron Paul taking second and Mitt Romney taking third. But it didn’t seem that anyone remembered that when picking the state’s delegates, because I’m told that despite finishing third in statewide voting, Mitt Romney was allotted 60% of the delegates. Rick Santorum got the second most delegates, and Ron Paul was given just a couple.

Not surprisingly, Santorum and Paul supporters aren’t happy, and I’m told may make an issue out of on the floor of the convention today.

North Dakota’s caucus voting isn’t a binding vote. The party does not have to apportion delegates according to the caucus outcome, nor do the delegates have to abide by that outcome. But party officials did say that the caucus vote matters. NDGOP Chairman Stan Stein said delegates would be asked to “use [the caucus vote] as a guideline for their voting.”

Clearly, that wasn’t a true statement. If this is how the NDGOP runs things, why bother even holding a caucus?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • The Fighting Czech

    Well,
    Clearly attending caucus’s are just another item to add to my list of “waste of time” list….

  • DaveH63

    That’s a good reason to do away with political parties.  They hold to much power and like the status quo.   They do not make for good or efficient government.

    • Gern Blanston

      Utopian. It will never happen because there will always be a natural division of ideas. Now, could the parties improve? Absolutely.

  • Rick Olson

    I agree with The Fighting Czech. If the NDGOP won’t bind the people who are picked to serve as delegates at the national GOP convention to voting based upon the state’s caucus results, then a lot of time, effort and money were wasted just to throw made for TV parties across the state.  At the Fargo caucus at the Ramada Plaza Suites, parking was at a premium, people were packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the hallways.  It was essentially the place for the Republican faithful from the area to be seen at; and the adult beverages were flowing.  It seems to me that the majority of folks who attend a caucus want them to be serious events, and not just another reason to throw a party.  Let’s do it like they do it in Iowa.  Iowans from across the state meet in school lunch rooms, churches, fire halls, community centers, etc. all across the state to be the first in the nation to weigh in on that year’s presidential candidates.

  • Roy_Bean

    The problem with the caucuses is the same as the problem with the conventions.  You don’t get a good representation of the people of the state.  I’m a plain old working guy and I don’t have unlimited time and money to drive half way across the state to pick candidates based on who buys drinks at night or who just buys breakfast in the morning.  I do, and always will, have time to vote.  I think its important to support party operations financially and I do.  We would do far better to vote for a slate of delagates who support a candidate like we vote for a slate of electors who vote for President.  It’s called the primary and the process is already in place if we would just use it.

  • Sparkie Arbuckle

    Wow, Santorum is the most popular there?  Abysmal.  I guess it’s to be expected from a state full of rent seeking religious whack-a-doos.

    • ndoldman

      lefttards only want mitt because they think he is the only one they can beat

  • Gern Blanston

    I feel like MY time was wasted at the caucus if THIS is what we ultimately get from it. If I were a national candidate, I may second-guess campaigning in a state like ND. What’s the point? They’ll just wait and see what the rest of the country decides for a front-runner and issue their delegates accordinly.

    Is it just me, or couldn’t the GOP divide the delegates at they were determined in the Caucus. If there is a great surge that puts Romney decisevly on top at the convention, I think the delegates will vote accordingly. But otherwise, if the delegate count is not a majority for Romney at the convention, I think the other candidates deserve their fairly-earned representation in the initial balloting.

  • Alexander

    The issue has been made and we have a major division here. If the leadership does not shape up, there WILL be civil war!

  • Ratbite

    & this conservative is suppose to blindly vote for anyone with an R behind their name on election day. NO WAY IN HELL am I going to support any of these pro big government proabortion, big spending, pr socialized medicine liberal RINOs. It’s just another slap in the face to conservatives & the Tea Party. Guess my voting at the caucus was just a waste of my time. I will remember this come elections day both primary & general in November. Like I’ve said before there’s not much difference in the ND Republican Party , it’s leaders, & the national Repubican Party & its conservative hating leadership & the Marxist Democrats led by Commrade Obama.

  • Northlandman

    Wait.,. the GOP is run by a monied, good old boys establishment that doesn’t give a whit about open processes?  Color me shocked!!

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Why the hell even vote on March 6th, we didn’t vote for that RINO Romney. 

  • althea242424

    I think its not really necessary to hold a caucus, they’re not having their confident with votes.
    So that’s how they do that. Probably Romney will win this cause I’d been reading a lot and Romney always lead.

    Andy
    My blog : fabriquer un portail en bois 

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